Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritising and sustaining the welfare of teachers and others who support the education system in the state.
The governor made this declaration on Friday in Asaba at the opening ceremony of the 65th Annual Congress of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) .
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Johnson Erijo, the governor assured that in the coming months, secondary school education would receive adequate attention in line with the MORE agenda of his administration.
Governor Oborevwori described ANCOPSS as important custodians of secondary school education in the country and appealed to heads of secondary schools in Nigeria to recommit themselves to the vision and mission of secondary education in the country.
He explained that his administration placed a high premium on education, adding that Delta State was one of the few states that extended the retirement tenure of teachers from 60 to 65 years of age and from 35 to 40 years of service.
The governor said his administration had, in less than 100 days in office , approved payment of pensions and gratuities to retired public and civil servants in the state.
Governor Oborevwori further stated that his administration had also approved both the payment of promotion arrears and the recruitment of primary school teachers and other support staff in the Local Government councils in the state.
Earlier in her welcome address, the ANCOPSS President in the state,Lady Winifred Emeni, appreciated Governor Oborevwori for his administration’s commitment to the education sector and for demonstrating the desire to do more for the state and the education sector in particular.
Lady Emeni said the Delta State Government had provided a conducive atmosphere for the growth of the education system in the state by promoting and maintaining a qualitative, functional, education for all children of school age, irrespective of religion, gender and disability.
She disclosed that Delta State had consistently placed education on the front burner, adding that salaries were being paid as and when due .
Lady Emeni, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Post Primary Education Board (PPEB), recalled that the Teachers Professional Development Centre (TPDC) was established for training and retraining of the workforce in education.
The Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Augustine Oghoro, in his goodwill message, congratulated ANCOPSS National President, Mohammed Ibn Musa and his executive members for their achievements in the last two years of their administration.
He reaffirmed the continued supportive collaboration of the State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education with ANCOPSS to move education forward in the state and lauded the Lady Winifred Emeni- led ANCOPSS in the state for effective planning for the success of the congress.