The Federal Government has said that plans are underway to collaborate with all State Governors to provide incentives for teachers, especially in the rural areas, in order to encourage young talents to the teaching profession.
Speaking at the occasion of the World Teachers Day, at the Eagle Square, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari, said there was urgent need to provide allowances and initiate annual retention benefits for teachers, for effective service delivery in their various communities.
President Buhari, represented by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, noted that the theme of the 2019 teachers day, “Young Teachers; The Future of the Profession’’ was apt, saying there was need for government at all levels to give attention to the continuous role of teachers in imparting knowledge for human and capital development.
According to him, ‘’the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)of 2030 Education Agenda by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is inclusive for the growth and development of Nigeria’’.
“The Sustainable Development Goals recommendations by UNESCO sets benchmark on the rights and responsibilities of teachers and also recognises them as key to the achievements of the 2030 Education Agenda”, he said.
Assuring Nigerian teachers of its unalloyed support for improved industrial relations, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Hon. Aminu Suleman said their yearnings would be given utmost attention at the Chamber whenever the need arises.
The Minister for Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, urged the stakeholders in the education sector to support government at all levels to achieve a desirable learning platform that would make Nigeria competitive in the years ahead.
Earlier in his welcome address, the National President Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dr. Muhammed Idris, said teachers day celebration has remained a milestone since 1994 to honour and appreciate teachers for their immeasurable contributions to the development of humanity and society, commending the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award, which has inspired dignity amongst teachers in Nigeria.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards in different categories, which include; Best Overall Teacher, Best Public School, Best School Administrator, Best Private School among others. The Best School Teacher (1st Runner-up) Public Category was clinched by Adeeko Olalekan, a Computer Science teacher at Baptist Boys High School, Saje, Overall Winner Private Category, Economics teacher at Varsity Children Grammar School, Ijebu Ode, Adebiyi Temitayo, Best School Administrator, Public Category, Aderenle High School(Junior) Ifo, Mr. Ogun Olaniyi and Best School(1st Runner-up) Public Category, Mayflower School (Senior) Ikenne, Ogun State.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mr. Ogun Olaniyi, appreciated the State government for nominating them, pledging their support for further development of education in the State and the nation in general.