• Orders the distribution of letters of appointment to 5,000
• Approves land at ANCOPSS, AOPSHON for the secretariat
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun honored the best teachers in the state with cash prizes ranging from N1 million to N2 million.
The governor also gifted a twin bungalow to the best overall teacher for the year 2020 in the state.
He did, however, reveal that he had approved the immediate publication of letters of engagement to successful applicants of the Ogun Teach program to alleviate the teachers’ workload, just as he also noted that he had approved the establishment of the Fund for Teachers. Ogun State Education Intervention (OGSEIF) to achieve better funding of the state education sector.
Abiodun, who also announced the allocation of land to the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) for the construction of their secretariats in the state, revealed this during the event held to celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2021, held at Obas Complex, Abeokuta.
He said his administration would continue to recognize and reward excellence in the teaching profession.
He described teachers as “torchbearers” who illuminate society and praised teachers under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) for their role in training of future leaders.
“The benefit of education to society is like what the lamp does to a person fumbling in the dark. The holder of the lamp in this case is the teacher. And in the words of a Greek philosopher, Plato (428 – 347 BC), no society grows beyond the capacity of its teachers, ”said the governor.
He said the role of teachers in providing an effective and efficient education system, which he believes not only prepares products for today’s opportunities and challenges, but also prepares them for a better future. , could never be finished. -accentuated.
Abiodun added that whatever education system the state puts in place, it would fall to the teachers who actually interpret and manifest the vision at the classroom level, stating, “Therefore, the result of our education system is simply a demonstration of the efficiency and effectiveness of teachers.
The governor said the theme for World Teachers’ Day 2021, “Teachers at the heart of educational recovery”, is very appropriate and informative, reiterating that his administration will continue to put the well-being of teachers first. .
“As we all know, one of the great challenges facing society is to restore the status of the teacher to their traditional place as a worthy role model and mentor of our children. It is our duty as government and people to focus on the future of the profession and to prepare dedicated young teachers for the challenges of the 21st century of preparing our children for the challenges and opportunities of the knowledge society and to make them competitive on a global scale.
“We need to continue to attract bright young teachers to the teaching profession so that we don’t miss out on creative young minds to become great educators.
“Today, it is our joy that the teaching profession has received a boost in our beloved state. Our teachers are professionals, and our administration has never hesitated to treat them as such. We have revived the holding of workshops, seminars and other training programs for teaching and non-teaching staff in public public schools, in order to improve their efficiency and productivity. We have witnessed important feedback on the success of our approaches and programs in the development of our education sector through the recent achievements of our young university laureates. The Ogun State contingent has won 11 laurels for our beloved state in different award categories in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Ogun State Institute of Technology (OGITECH) also won for our dear state the best compliant institution in Nigeria to the tune of 75 million naira from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
“I should also mention that I received the award for the best governor in favor of education by the Conference of Secondary School Principals of Nigeria (ANCOPSS) in the South West and the best governor of the education sector by the National Parents Teachers Association. All of this gives me reassurance that our administration must be doing something right, although I do agree that we have not yet reached the desired position, but it is gratifying to see that we are making steady progress. This achievement is yet another confirmation of the status of our beloved state not only as the education capital of Nigeria but, in fact, as an intellectual melting pot in Nigeria. Education remains one of the biggest industries in Ogun State. Indeed, one of the proud legacies bequeathed to us by the founding fathers of our beloved State. The best we can do is make sure we maintain this proud heritage. But in all this, the role of teachers remains essential.
“We will continue to do all we can to ensure that our teachers have the necessary atmosphere to fulfill their divine role in the development of our beloved State in particular, and of humanity in general. For more than two years and four months, the State Education Sub-sector has been the subject of serious attention from our Administration. Our approach is multidimensional to include infrastructure development; human capital development; providing an enabling environment, among others ”. Abiodun pointed out.
Describing the achievements of his administration over the past 28 months in the education sector, the Governor said: “Immediately we arrived on board, 28 months ago we ordered the publication of promotional letters to the deserving primary and secondary teachers to be promoted in 2016 and 2017; the process of providing new furniture to all primary and secondary schools for the use of our learners to alleviate the effects of the acute shortage of furniture in our schools is underway; the rehabilitation of more than 956 classrooms in our primary and secondary schools; we are transforming 42 of our secondary schools into flagship schools for better performance and productivity; I gave my approval for the start of the Ogun digital multimedia lesson plan where teachers would be equipped with the necessary resources for effective delivery.
“Work in collaboration with a non-profit organization; we have integrated 100 fellows into the Teach for Nigeria program; We have successfully introduced the Optical Pre-Shaded Mark (OMR) Objective Recognition Answer Sheet for Conducting Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE); a 50% increase in the food allowance for pupils in special schools; full sponsorship of public school students in all academic competitions; the resuscitation and relocation of the Ogun State Braille Book Production Center, which has been dying for many years; annual distribution of wheelchairs to learners with special needs; the start of the renovation of the five specialized schools in the state, including the provision of modern sanitation facilities; approving scholarships for outstanding students at all of our higher education institutions; approving the creation of the Ogun State Education Intervention Fund (OGSEIF) to secure better funding; reinstatement / Appointment of the director / principal general.
“We have done all of this and more with the firm belief that teachers are the true pillars of a prosperous nation. These and many other actions of our Administration are concrete testimony to our commitment to education. I therefore urge our teachers to continue to be committed, innovative and meticulous in the performance of their duties ”.