There was a thunderous ovation at the venue of this year’s Teachers’ day on Saturday , as the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi announced his readiness to begin the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage to workers from October, 2019.

Fayemi said the measure is to stimulate workers, especially taechers, to be able to deliver the best to the state and reclaim the lost glory and pride of being the education nerve centre of the country.

The Governor spoke at Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado Ekiti during the 2019 celebration of the Teachers’ Day, with the theme: “Young Teachers, the Future of the Profession”.

At the event, Mr. Henry Olaoluwa Asubiojo of Amoye Grammar School and Tajudeen Olaoye of Anglican Primary School, Esun Ekiti and Mrs Mojisola Ehinafe of Technical School, Ado Ekiti ,were awarded with cash price of N500,000 each, for emerging as the best teachers in the state.

Fayemi said he decided to inject new breeds of teachers into the state’s public schools, by recruiting 2,000 new teachers to safegurad the future of the state.

“We will commence payment of N30,000 to workers in Ekiti with effect from this month. We are determined to reward diligence because the workers, particularly our teachers have done the state proud.

“In this year’s WAEC , Ekiti was ranked 12th. I want to salute our teachers but that is not where Ekiti belonged, we must continually do more to rise to number one”, he said.

He said he was highly determined to protect and preserve the core values of making Ekiti the education capital of the nation.

Fayemi said he decided to etablish more schools in Ado Ekiti capital city to depopulate the overpopulated ones and make learning more conducive.

“The only way we can recoaim.our lost glory in education is to encourage our teachers in and outside service . I will promote functional and technical education in this state.

“I have also ensured that all students of school age are in schools in line with education law which makes basic education compulsory and in line with global best practice.

In his lecture at the forum, the Provost , College of Education, Prof. Isaac Adeoluwa , said for Nigeria to move to its pride of place, teachers must be made to be ICT compliant and embrace modern techniques of teaching.

“Use of digital tools methodology makes learners innovative, expand scope of retention, increase teachers competitiveness and relevance and create enabling environment for both learners and teachers”, he said.

The Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Com. Samuel Odugbesan , praised Fayemi for recruiting teachers into public schools across the state, saying this will help in strenghtening the future of education.

His counterpart in Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Com. Sola Adigun , said prompt and regular payment of salaries has rescued the teachers from wanton poverty.

Odugbesan said: “Teachers are retiring every day without replacement but with these recruitmebts in primary and secondary schools, the future of our education is guaranteed.

“Not having young teachers in the teaching profession is threaning the future of education and this recruitments are commendable”, appealing to Fayemi to pay all outstanding salaries and allowances for improved welfare and wellbeing of the teachers.

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