BENIN CITY- As Edo teachers joined their counterparts in the country and all over the world to mark this year’s world Teachers Day, the state Government has assured that primary school teachers in the state will begin to enjoy N25,000 minimum wage before the end of this year along with other welfare packages.
The state Deputy Governor,Rt Hon comrade Philip Shaibu disclosed this yesterday during the world teachers day celebration in Benin.
Hon Shaibu who represented the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at the occassion said the plan to extend such benefit to make the teachers be at par with other civil servants in the state has already conclude, assuring them that the issue of Leave Transport Grant(LTG) will be delt with end of this month.
He added that the issues of subvention and prompt promotion for teachers would also receive urgent attention.
” We congratulate you as you celebrate and to assure that we are on firm course of encouraging,promoting welfare of teachers in the state.
A reward system is already being put in place to boost your morale.” He said.
He however urged the teachers to always respect their professional ethics,while assuring them of good welfare packages.
In an address, the state chairman of NUT,comrade Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe commended the state government for the prompt payment of salaries which he said has brought about industrial harmony in the state.
He nonetheless drew government attention to areas in the education sector begging for attention which include Leave Transport Grants (LTG),promotion,subvention, staff recruitment among other needs.
He however admonished the teachers to further rededicate themselves to their chosen profession to justify the huge investment by government in the education sector.
In his goodwill message, the speaker,Edo state House of Assembly, Hon Kabiru Ajoto who was represented by the chairman, House Committee on Education Hon Folly Ogedemgbe while congratulating the teachers,advocated for declaration of World Teachers Day as a general work free day in the state to accommodate private school teachers in the celebration as appreciation of their invaluable contributions to national development.
The theme of this year’s celebration,’Teaching In Freedom,Empowering Teachers had prof. Matthew A. Izibili of the Ambrose Alli university as Guest Lecturer who emphasised the contextual meaning of the topic is all about the realization of safer and friendlier environment and schools aimed at recording optimal academic achievement of the students and the satisfaction of the teachers on employer’s motivational attitude and the students performance.
He stressed that all over the world the purpose of the school is to afford students the opportunity of developing their potentials to become very useful citizens.