Written by Godfrey AKON

Lagos teacher, Elusakin Agnes, emerges best Nigerian teacher 2019

A  Lagos-based teacher, Mrs Elusakin Agnes Iyabo, has won the best teacher of the year 2019 award, in the public school category.

Elusakin, a teacher of Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorudu, received the award at the 2019 World Teachers Day Celebration in Abuja along with a brand new Hyundai Sonata car gift from the Federal Government.

While speaking to journalists after the award, Elusakin said she has served in the teaching profession for 27 years, adding that the award will spur her into more hard work

Meanwhile, in the private school category, Adebiyi Abiola Temitayo, emerged overall winner of the best teacher award and was gifted a brand new Hyundai Accent.

While speaking at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari, assured that the federal government will collaborate with states to provide incentives to teachers especially in rural areas.

Represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Buhari said his administration will give more attention to training and retraining of teachers in order to enhance their capacities for effective service delivery

In his remarks Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said implementation of the Federal Government's Strategic Plan for the development of the education sector was on course, stressing that credible progress has been made.

Adamu, who was represented at the occasion by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, noted that steps have also been taken to increase access to university education as the country currently has 167 universities.

He said the ministry has endorsed the safe school declaration and was taking steps to implement the commitment made through the endorsement to protect students, teachers and schools from armed attacks.

Earlier, the NUT National President, Comrade Nasir Idris, called for a salary structure for teachers that would address the peculiarities of the teaching profession and give it it's true identity.

Idris noted with delight that the 8th National Assembly passed the Bill for review of the retirement age of teachers and education officers from 60 to 65 years, while expressing hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will not hesitate to assent to the bill.

Speaking on the National Secondary Education Commission, NSEC, he expressed gratitude to President Buhari for revisiting the issue in May, 2019, while hoping that the agency would be made fully functional for effective management of Secondary Education in the country.

The union leader further expressed concern over the non-payment of the 27.5 per cent professional allowances to teachers of Federal Government Colleges, while calling on the Federal Government to graciously payment of the said allowances to further motivate the affected teachers to offer productive services to the schools.

NUT described the handing over of some public schools to private organisations without input from key stakeholders as a gross violation of the UBE Act 2004, and called on the state governments concerned to rescind their decision.



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