This Day (Lagos)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: Ogun Teachers to Enjoy Enhanced Allowance

Determined to improve on teachers' performance and ensure academic progression of students, Ogun State government said it would continue to make teachers happy as plans have been concluded for another upward review of the just increased rural allowance to motivate teachers to go to rural areas and provide quality teaching for pupils and students in the areas.

The state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, disclosed this at the first Award/Gala Night organised by the state Teaching Service Commission at June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

The governor at the event honoured by the teachers with the "Best Teachers' Friendly Award", while other awards given on that day includes the best Principal award, the best Teacher award and the best Non-teaching staff award in each divisions and overall best Principal in the state.

Amosun also noted that to demonstrate its commitment to its workforce, it plans to pay them 13th month salary to facilitate their celebration during the yuletide.

During the 2012 World Teachers' day, the governor had announced the approval of 50 per cent increment of rural allowance along side with other incentives for teachers in both primary and secondary schools throughout the state.

Speaking further at the event, Amosun said government would continue to reward excellence to drive performance in all human endeavours, maintaining that teaching was the mother of all professions and teachers are role models.

"Teaching is the mother of all professions, teachers are role models, who have learnt the skills of impacting knowledge into another human beings, they are nation builders because no nation can develop economically and technologically without the teachers," he said.

In her welcome address, the commission's Chairman, Ms Olubukunola Onabanjo, said the award was meant to celebrate excellence, hard work and dedication to duties as well as reward those who worked tirelessly to meet and sustain the "Ogun-Standard".

While taking stock of her Commission's achievements in the year 2012, the Chairman and her team were full of praises to Almighty God and the governor for his passion and commitment in revamping the educational sector in the State.

She added that the commission is looking forward for a rewarding and fruitful academic session in year 2013 as steps have been taken by the government to renovate staff rooms, train and re-train both of teaching and non-teaching staff, improve on the supervisory activities and legalisation and strengthening of the position of Principals-General.

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