On Thursday, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, approved the appointment of 3,000 teachers to improve the pupil-teacher ratio and fill existing vacant positions in public schools across the state.
The Governor stated this at the 2023 World Teachers’ Day celebration with the theme “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want; the Global Imperative to Reverse Teacher Shortage.”
He said that 1,000 Ogun Teach Interns must be immediately absorbed into the state workforce, along with the engagement of 2,000 new OGUNTEACh applicants.
Bungalows and cash prizes were awarded to teachers who brought pride to the state in the course of discharging their duties.
The Governor said the appointment of the new teachers takes immediate effect, adding that the administration is doing everything possible to improve the conditions of teachers.
He said: “It is my great joy to announce to you that Ogun State will be having an education summit soon, for cross-fertilising ideas by critical stakeholders in the sector, to proffer workable solutions on how to improve our education sector beyond this point and institutionalise the desired excellence in all our schools in line with the dreams of our founding fathers.
“To complement this initiative, we will be inaugurating an education trust fund to fund education infrastructure across the various levels. Also, a special committee on the rehabilitation of public schools to complement SUBEB’s interventions will be inaugurated soon.”
The Governor reiterated his administration’s high premium on the welfare and well-being of teachers, as it continues to prioritise education as the first line of expenditure for the state and in all the local governments to bridge the deficit in the sector.
While outlining some achievements in the education sector, Governor Abiodun said his administration has embarked on the training of 750 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in a new teaching pedagogy called PSI-PMI to improve the conventional approach to teaching, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
To encourage teachers to perform optimally, the governor said he has directed the release of promotion letters for 2021–2022, two months of leave bonuses for public servants, and N10,000.00 payments to all public servants and pensioners in the state.
“Our government also procured and installed the Education Management Information System (EMIS) equipment and gadgets to aid data collection, collation, and analysis in the education sector across the 20 LGEAs, among many interventions to prepare our students to compete with their peers around the world and also provide an enabling and conducive working environment for our teachers to contribute their best.”
The governor emphasised that, as a responsive government, it is convinced of the need to improve the conditions of teachers to compensate for their selfless contributions to the upliftment of society, as the future of the children depends on the level and quality of their productivity.
While stressing the need to address the shortage of teachers in Nigeria’s education sector and that of sub-Saharan Africa, the Governor, quoting data from the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said 69 million teachers are needed, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, to reach universal basic education by 2030, while an additional 24.4 million teachers in primary education and some 44.4 million teachers in secondary education are needed to achieve universal basic education by 2030.
“According to the data unveiled for the 2022 World Teachers’ Day, 5.4 million teachers are needed at the primary level in sub-Saharan Africa and 11.1 million teachers at the secondary level if we are to achieve the targets set by the 2030 Agenda,” he added.
In his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science, and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, described teachers as great patriots who are in the business of moulding young minds, appreciating them for their efforts in maintaining the state’s standard of education.
In his goodwill message, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Abiodun Akinola, lauded Governor Abiodun for keeping faith with the annual event and for sustaining the Excellency Awards for the best teachers and school administrators in the state, calling on the government to employ more teaching staff to reduce the workload of the existing ones.
The State Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Comrade Felix Agbesanwa, stated on his part that Nigeria and the world at large are facing the challenge of an unprecedented shortage of teachers, adding that this year’s celebration was to stop the decline in the number of teachers and to showcase practises that would attract, retain, and motivate those in the teaching profession.
Agbesanwa commended the Governor for implementing five years of promotion in four years for workers in the state and for abolishing all levies in schools, as well as initiating, through the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, various policies and interventions geared towards increasing students’ higher education potential in the state.
Highlights of the occasion included the presentation of keys to 2-bedroom bungalows to Mr Akeem Badru, the first African winner of the Cambridge Dedicated Teacher’s Award and the best overall teacher in a public primary school from Egba Division, Mr Togbe Ganiyu.
Others were cash prizes of N2 million to Mr Amosun Temitope Olaoluwa as the best teacher in the junior secondary school category from Remo and N2 million to Mr Ganiyu Wasiu as the best teacher in the senior secondary school category from Egba Division.
Ajayi Abosede emerged as the best primary school administrator from Egba Division with a cash prize of N1 million; Samza Omolara from Ijebu Division emerged as the best school administrator in the junior secondary school category; and Kusimo Oluseyi was adjudged the best administrator in the senior secondary school category from Egba Division with N1 million.
Baptist High School (Junior), Saje, Abeokuta, emerged as the best public secondary school and took home N7.5 million, followed by Remo Secondary School (Senior), Sagamu, which also went home with N7.5 million.
Angela Otabo from Egba Division went home with N500,000, having emerged as the best teacher in the private school category.”
Kwara Govt seeks public memoranda on proposed State University of Education
Kwara State Government has called on stakeholders in the education sector to submit memoranda for the establishment of Kwara State University of Education.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had on the 17th of November, 2023 inaugurated Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem-led committee to midwife the processes leading to the establishment of the institution.
“As part of the process, the government invites the general public, stakeholders, educational institutions, and interested groups to contribute their insights and recommendations through the submission of memoranda,” the committee said in a statement issued in Ilorin.
“This visionary initiative aims to enhance the quality of education and contribute to the development of human resources in the state.”
It stated that the memoranda should address relevant issues related to the establishment of the University of Education, including but not limited to:
• Preferred strategic location within the State that will ensure inclusivity
• Proposed academic programmes and faculties.
• Infrastructure and facilities requirements
• Collaboration opportunities with existing institutions.
• Strategies for community engagement and development.
The committee advised that all memoranda should be submitted in writing and sent to Council Chamber, KWASU Business School along Ajasse-Ipo Road, Ilorin or Room 33, Ministry of Tertiary Education, State Secretariat, Ilorin.
“Electronic submissions can also be sent to: email@example.com and the deadline for the submission of memoranda is 15th December 2023,” the statement noted.
The committee encouraged active participation and engagement from all stakeholders to ensure that the university is established in a manner that best serves the educational needs of the communities.
New NANS leadership charged on effective, purposeful for progress
The newly elected leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) led by the new President, Lucky Emonefe has been urged to be fair, just and honest in its leadership.
The new leadership was also advised to ensure that it carried all facets of membership along especially those who lost in the election in order to have one indivisible and united NANS.
The assertion is contained in a statement by a group known as NANS C5, signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Abdulrahman Bala and Prince Sani Mohammed respectively.
The group congratulated the newly elected National President of NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, the Senate President, Akinteye Babatunde as well as the Vice President, of External Affairs, Comrade Mu’azu Mohammed Hina.
According to the statement, the C5 members celebrate and congratulate the President and two of their members who are among the new set of Executives, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde and Comrade Mu’azu Hina.
The C5 group stated that their services were more needed by Nigerian students at this material time, the more reason the group released them.
It added, “We also appreciate the efforts and the commitments of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Students Engagement, Comrade Asefon Dayo Sunday for ensuring a successful and free fair election.”
It added “Once again, congratulations to the C5 NANS family and the President-elect, Comrade Lucky and all other elected National Executives members. Their elections were well deserved.”
The C5 NANS Group expressed confidence in the abilities of the new EXCO members to lead NANS to higher heights in the struggle for better Nigeria students
NANS convention produces three presidents
Despite the crisis that characterised its national convention on Friday, resulting in a shooting, the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), ended in Abuja on Saturday morning with three factional presidents.
The convention which started last Monday climaxed with the election of the national executive of the association on Saturday morning.
The trio of Lucky Emonefe, a student of the College of Education, Warri, Delta State; Rioborue Deniran of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe Ogbara and Pedro Obi, a Ph.D. student of Guidance and Counseling studies at Delta State University, who contested for the position of president, said they were elected.
Both Lucky Emonefe and Rioborue Deniran, at separate media conferences in Abuja after the election, said their emergence had brought a new lease of life for NANS.
Speaking, Lucky Emonefe, warned against factionalisation of the NANS movement by aggrieved contestants, saying Nigerian students know their leaders from the Joint Campus Committee, Zonal and the National leadership because they are involved in their elections.
He appealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200, 000 to all Nigerian students irrespective of their creed or tribe.
According to him, the fund will act as a palliative to cushion the effects of the hard economic situation occasioned by the highly overdue economic reforms of the Tinubu administration.
On his part, Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran, said: “I appreciate the last administration, the Executive, and the Senate arm for their services and sacrifices to the Nigerian students.
“All committees are also appreciated, including the convention chairman. Most appreciation goes to the distinguished senators of NANS (which are the SUG presidents) and our respected stakeholders as well for their contributions and support to the success of the 2023 National Convention. The senators (delegates) have indeed spoken well by electing one of them as NANS President.
“During the convention, a lot happened that we heard and witnessed, good, bad, and ugly. To the glory of God, we have started addressing the bad and ugly situations that require urgent attention. I am calling on the Department of State Security to give a report of the 2023 elective convention as the world is eager to know.
“It’s indeed an enormous privilege and honor to be trusted with the leadership of Nigerian students. I am deeply conscious of that privilege and honor at this time.
“It is indeed a remarkable and historic victory for Nigerian students, and I have no doubt about what this means to the students’ community.
“The mandate you have freely given to us is a mandate for reform and investment in the future of NANS, and it is also very clearly an instruction for good governance. I assure you of good leadership delivery, and you can rest assured that I would keep to my promises,” he said.
The new NANS Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez. said the election was free and fair even though some forces had wanted to circumvent the process before the intervention of the police and other security agencies.
He said the shootings reported at the convention were carried out by security agents to scare people who had wanted to cause chaos and disrupt the event, denying that some persons were hurt.
“The shooting was carried out by the DSS, it was not targeted at anybody. Rather, it was meant to scare troublemakers who had wanted to disrupt our event. And contrary to some reports, no one was hurt, he said.
Speaking with InsightMedia, a member of the outgoing executive said only Emonefe was declared winner at the convention ground.
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