The Abia State government has partnered private investors from Australia to train primary school teachers across the three senatorial zones of the state.
This was disclosed to reporters on Thursday at the Government House in Umuahia, the Abia State’s capital in southeast Nigeria after a private audience between the foreigners and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
The leader of the team, Vivian Peters, and her group promised to provide expertise free of charge in line with the global standard in education.
Some Australian educationists, Alder Wood and Sakira Suma, also said that the exercise would be carried out in accordance with the Abia State government’s policy on educational development.
The training, which is expected to kick off immediately would be on classroom management and teachers-students relationship amongst others.
While commending the Union of teachers in Edo State for protecting its interests and supporting him during the elections that made him governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said he would rather lose his job than “keep it and fail to use it to secure the future”.
“Edo State government will not retain in its employment, anyone whose suitability in a classroom has not been ascertained,” he warned.
This is coming after majority of the teachers in the State failed to turn up at the assessment test conducted to determine the training needs of the teachers. Oshiomhole further promised to forge ahead in his quest for better education for Edo students as “leadership requires courage to do what you are convinced about particularly when it is informed by the good of the people”.
Appearing on Sunrise, Oshiomhole explained that the test was in a bid to assess the teachers and determine what kind of training they would need to be able to deliver their best. However, “the unions have made it a big issue”, he noted.
He stressed that the educational foundation laid for Nigerian students will determine the future of the nation, adding that even “the poorest of the poor must have at least a sound basic education, which in Nigeria we call Universal Basic Education.”
He explained that the reason why his administration grants free education for students up to the secondary level is to give the foundation to build their lives on.
He complained of the State’s inability to boast of its teachers despite the investments made in building schools and ensuring that children have access to education at no cost. According to the governor, a student had complained of teacher’s absence during school hours, while he was on a visit to one of the schools in the State.
Teachers had been absent from classes on the average of two out of five days while many did not resume at the specified time.
Despite his stern warning to the teachers, Oshiomohle expressed hope that those unwilling to take the assessment test would change their minds after seeing how those who did are treated.
“Some people have done the test. We are waiting to see the results. By the way we treat them; I hope others would recognise that this whole thing is not about punishment.”
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh has condemned the emergence of the ‘get rich quick’ sermon that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh said this was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduce Christianity in Nigeria.
He described as half-truth these sermons by pastors whose aim is for their personal advancement and enrichment.
The Primate said, “It’s not part of the way we started, it was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’, ‘If you follow me within six months, you don’t have a Mercedes, then that is not my God’ ‘You either change the church or the church will change you’ something like that.
“At best this is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything, God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally market everywhere and making billions out of it is God’s property so God is rich, stupendously rich so his children are rich also, we are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings, everything is ok and people can even steal and do thanksgiving you know is not right”
He said, “so I think that to counter this kind of thing, religious preachers and teachers must preach what is noble, what is helpful, what can build a being, what is realistic, what is biblically acceptable.”
As the face off between National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the state government of Plateau state linger on, it’s rippled effect is being felt by the children in the state as schools have been closed due to the striking local government employees in the state and on the part of the Plateau state government the neglect of ways to resolve the issue.
And seven months running, the State governor Jonah Jang according to the State planning commissioner Plateau state; Pamson Dagyat signed an agreement with the local government employees to give them 50% of the current minimum wage being paid to the State government employees which is N18,000.00 but also stated that an increment can occur for the local government employees only when there is an increase in the revenues generated by the local government and this the local government body latched upon to foment trouble with the state government by going on strike.
Governor Jonah Jang on seeing that there was resolution in sight, decided to offer the union a 1 per-cent increment to the 50 per-cent allotted them but it was turned down by the union and this was by the fourth month according to the testimony of the planning commissioner.
Political analyst; Nelson Shey said the NULGE plateau is an example of people trying to pull down the government of the day despite efforts by the ruling government to satisfy them, while the Director Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights; Gad Peter said although his agency has decided to step into the crisis rocking the state so as to put things in place in the state again but he feels the missing link is the lack of communication.