Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu,has said the roles of Teachers are fundamental in the development of society, while describing them as drivers of the nation’s educational system.

The Deputy Governor made the remarks at an event organized by Seplat Energy for the empowerment of Teachers in Benin City.

According to Shaibu, “Teachers are the drivers of our educational system, by training the child to become a global competitor. Under the Edo Basic Education System Transformation (EDO-BEST)Program, we have become a model and set the pace for other States to emulate in her education digitalization”.

He affirmed that there is now uniformity in Edo State educational system.

“From my office, I can tell you how many teachers we have in our schools, how many students are in the schools, what students are learning and how they learn. These are made possible by the State Government to digitalize her education system. Edo State is ready to partner with Seplat and her sister State, Delta in any capacity”,Shaibu noted.

Also speaking, Dr. Chioma Nwachukwu, Director, External Affairs and Sustainability Seplat Energy Plc, said Edo State was committed to transforming her educational sector and appreciated every activity directed towards transforming the educational sub-sector.

Nwachukwu added that Seplat Educational Empowerment Program was targeted at ensuring national development, by providing teachers and educational aids to the various communities in their States of operations, as “our vision is to empower over 10,000 teachers to help educational effectiveness in Nigeria”.

Earlier in her address, Edo State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Oviawe, acknowledged the immense contribution of Edo State Government in the educational development of Nigeria, which has become the standard for some States in the country, adding that the Edo State Government will be ready to partner with Seplat educational reforms by “Harnessing the Role of Technology in Education”, theme of the event.

The Honourable Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwaijuwa, represented by Dr.Muna Adetora, in her address, highlighted the importance of teachers in the nation building, while congratulating participants for their firm believe in the teachng profession.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of certificates of distinction to some deserving teachers.