Federal Government (FG) has rewarded three teachers from Oyo State with awards in various categories of the 2023 Presidential Teachers and School Excellence Award at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Abdulwaheed Adelabu, during the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day celebration.
The Commissioner said that the awardees were part of the winners drawn from different public and private primary and secondary schools across the country.
Prof. Abdulwaheed Adelabu was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Adeniyi Olusanjo, at an event organised to mark the 2023 World Teachers’ Day at NUT Model College, Ibadan.
The awardees from Oyo State are Mr Babarinlo Samson Oluwaseun, Head Teacher, Methodist Basic School, Iseyin; Mr Amoo Joseph, Principal, Government College, Ibadan; and Barrister Odejayi Olatunde Adedamilola, Proprietor, Second Home College, Olodo, Ibadan.
On October 5, 2023, Oyo State teachers joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s World Teachers’ Day.
Congratulations to the winners, Prof. Adelabu reiterated the state government’s focus on reforms in the education sector, including recruiting more teachers into the primary sector of the state.
He said, “The recruitment and posting of teachers to all our public secondary schools, prompt payment of salaries and good working conditions is now the order of the day. Effort is ongoing to recruit teachers at the primary school level. This has gone a long way in addressing the issue of out-of-school children, thereby ranking the state as one of the best in the nation.”
The Commissioner applauded the efforts of all teachers, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Oyo State Wing, for supporting the present administration.
Adelabu said that studies had shown that an acute shortage of teachers is usually caused by poor salaries, poor working conditions and a high student-teacher ration, noting that this is a thing of the past in Oyo State.
He therefore appealed to teachers in the state to reciprocate the government’s good gesture by rendering good service to the state’s education sector.
Also speaking, the Chairman of, the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, applauded Governor Seyi Makinde for making the teaching profession attractive in the state.
Pastor Alamu highlighted the Oyo State government’s efforts towards creating a conducive environment for teachers.
He noted that though the profession is still faced with some challenges, the Oyo State Government is poised to make life more meaningful for teachers.
In his speech, the State Chairman, of NUT, Comrade Raji Oladimeji, said that teachers in the state were enjoying the dividends of good governance. He thanked the Oyo State Government for giving an enabling environment for teachers to exhibit their talents.
Comrade Raji who also applauded the appointment of a Professor as the Commissioner for Education, noted that the state government had not relented in prompt payment of salaries; defrayment of all backlog of deductions; upward review of car loans to teachers; among other kinds of gestures towards teachers.
The event was graced by stakeholders in the education sector, including the Ag. Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs Olaide Ladipo; Education Secretaries; past NUT chairmen; Permanent Secretaries/Tutor Generals from Ministry of Education, among others.