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Nigeria: Akala Assures Reform for Teachers

Adebayo Alao Akala, Governor Oyo State

The Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala has assured teachers in Oyo’s State  concerning the government’s determination to carry them along in the proposed reforms in the education sector.

Speaking during the annual teachers’ day celebration in Ibadan, he said the government could not effectively carry out the needed reforms in the sector without the collaboration of teachers.

The governor noted with delight that, “both the teachers and the state government are currently operating in an environment of friendship.”

To this end, the government needs the collaboration of teachers. Oyo State is a place to learn from. In re-branding the country, we also want to use teachers and education to re-brand the state.”

Alao-Akala announced that the state government, in collaboration with Microsoft International has concluded plans to set up 300 Information Technology (IT) academies in three centres in the state such as Ibadan, Ogbomoso and Oke Ogun and called for teachers’ support to ensure the project’s success.

This, he said was why the state made teachers’ welfare its priority.

Adedoja promised to always carry teachers along in the implementation of policies affecting the education sector and charged them to avoid unwholesome acts that could be inimical to the progress of education in the state.

He added that the state government would always ensure the provision of qualitative education for students.

The Commissioner enjoined teachers to brace up to their responsibilities by ensuring the completion of their syllabus to reduce the prevalent mass failure in external examinations, adding that the ministry would introduce some remedial intervention strategies to assist students in their academics.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Joseph Babatunde, who spoke on behalf of his members, noted pointedly that, “teachers in Oyo State are fatigued and agitated for outstanding July 2010 salary having sacrificed three weeks of the long holidays to cover the lost grounds.

The September salary that is due, in addition to the outstanding promotion and leave allowances is also giving us concern.” He called on the state government to attend to these issues promptly.