By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has disclosed that the State Executive Council has approved the recruitment of no fewer than 3,700 new teachers into the State Secondary Schools.
He restated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of teachers and continue to promote a high standard of education in the State.
Bello who disclosed this while speaking at World Teachers day organised by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASSUS), Kogi State chapter in Lokoja on Saturday, said the present government is committed to the welfare of the teachers in the state.
The Governor who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the State governor, Edward Onoja explained that the role of teachers in the development of a nation can not be overemphasized.
The governor appealed to the teachers that they should not blame the government for the current situation, saying it was the bad situation met on the ground that was being corrected.
He furthered stressed that the state government has already approved the recruitment of a total of 3,700 teachers, adding this will inadvertently move the education sector forward.
“Teachers have made great names be soldiers, doctors, lawyers, Judges, Bankers, among others.
“I believe, teachers by rights should get reward more than any other profession,” he added.
While unveiling Governor Yahaya Bello Star Teachers Award, the governor stated that as from next year at least 21 teachers will receive an award from all local government areas across the State .
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of ASSUS,Kogi State Chapter, Ojo Mathew stated that the theme of this year World day is Young Teacher, the Future of the profession, stressing that this apt at period where our country and Kogi state, in particular, is witnessing dearth of teachers from classrooms as a result of many factors.
He expressed fears that no concrete efforts have been made to recruit younger teachers to learn from aging population of teachers.
“It is a clarion call on government to think out a strategy by which at regular intervals, younger teachers are engaged to work under those that are experienced with a view to taking over from them in a seamless succession arrangement,” he said.
He, therefore, highlighted some challenges faced by teachers in the state, calling on the government to pay the gratuity to retirees, look into the issue of national minimum wage among others.