It’s World Teachers’ Day as various stakeholders in the education sector gathered at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory to celebrate the profession of teaching.
Nigerian teachers joined their counterparts all over the world to commemorate the day with an event organised by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) on Saturday.
As part of the activities lined up for the occasion, awards were given to outstanding teachers to encourage them on the work done over the years.
Those in attendance included Mr Abubakar Malami who represented President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of State for Education, Professor Emeka Nwajiuba, and NUT President among several others.
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was also honoured as the Best Performing Governor in 2019 by the NUT, just a day after he was recognised in his state for his strides in developing the education sector.
Nigerian teachers joined their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the World Teachers Day in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
As part of the activities lined up for the events, awards were given to teachers to encourage them on the work done over the years.
In attendance are the Minister of State for Education, Professor Emeka Nwajiuba, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abubakar Malami, the President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers among several others.
One of the awardees is Governor Obaseki who was honoured as the Most Educationally Friendly Governor of the year for some strides recorded by his administration in education.
Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.
The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.
Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.
The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.
A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.
The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.
He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.
The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).
Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.
Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.
The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.
The National President of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr Michael Olukoya, has blamed Nigeria’s failure to meet some of the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs on the nation’s inability to set right priorities for the education sector.
The NUT President made the statement at the Eagles Square during an event to mark the 2015 World Teachers’ Day in Abuja.
The occasion featured parade by teachers in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to him, other post MDGs agenda targeted at reducing poverty and improving healthcare are also doomed except education is given the attention it deserves.
On security matters, the NUT President expressed sadness that over 600 teachers have died due to acts of terrorism in the northern part of the country.
Nigerian teachers are joining their counterparts around the world to mark the World Teachers’ Day.
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is marking the 2015 event by highlighting the importance of empowering teachers to achieve inclusive and sustainable global development.
This year, the day comes just after the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations’ General Assembly and represents the first opportunity to set out a road map for teachers in the new Education 2030 Agenda.
Despite global recognition of the importance of teachers in changing children’s lives and building sustainable and prosperous societies, they are all too often undervalued and under-empowered.
The 2015 World Teachers’ Day highlights the need to empower all teachers through the provision of decent, safe and healthy working conditions, trust, professional autonomy and academic freedom.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is insisting that the union will shut all schools in the country in solidarity with the university teachers if the feral government does not settle with the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities in a fortnight.
This threat is coming at a time the federal government says it will stand with teachers in moulding future leaders.
President of the union, Comrade Micheal Olukoya said this in Abuja during the NUT World Teachers Day Symposium with the theme, Basic Education in the Era of Local Government Autonomy, A Call for Legislative Caution.
He also used the occasion to ask for their rewards on earth and not in heaven alone.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, who represented the president at the symposium, had called on the teachers to be focused on long term benefits of their profession and that the administration is determined to address teacher’s shortage.
The NUT vowed to resist any attempt by the National Assembly to put primary education under the purview of local governments, one of the reasons that made them cancel the usual ceremonial parade to mark the World Teachers Day.
The NUT gave awards of excellence to Kwara state governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and the Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime for their contribution to the growth of education in their states.