President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers as well as increased years of service from 35 to 40.
The President made the announcement, yesterday, as the world marked World Teachers’ Day.
For years, teachers have agitated for an increase in their retirement age, welfare, and salaries.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, announced the changes in teachers’ salary scale and retirement age in Abuja at an event to mark the day.
The theme for the celebration, ‘Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future,” reflects the resilience of teachers and school administrators globally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buhari instructed the ministry to facilitate the implementation of the new salary scheme, saying it would encourage teachers to deliver better service.
According to him, teachers have the power to shape and reshape the lives of young people and enhance their potential.
“Only great teachers can produce excellent people and students that will make the future of our country great. A positive or negative influence of a teacher on any child will have an effect on that child. Therefore, the Federal Government is ensuring quality education.”
He said his administration had resolved to ensure quality education of teachers by giving priority to continued professional development.
He emphasized that the future of the country would depend on quality education for children and that the quality of teachers would depend on motivation.
He said, “To address these challenges, my administration has approved the following for teachers and the teaching profession. That in order to attract investment in the teaching profession, the quality of the introduction of a bursary award has been restored.
“There will be a special pension scheme to enable the teaching profession to retain its experienced talents as well as extend teachers retirement age to 65 years and the duration of teaching years to 40 years.”
He added that his administration had also approved the building of low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship of teachers, prompt payment of salary, and timely promotion to eliminate stagnation, to motivate and restore lost glory to teachers and teaching in the country.
THE Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukuemeka Nwajuiba, identified the teaching profession as the greatest profession in the world, which must be accorded adequate recognition and respect.
Nwajuiba noted that the picture of a Nigerian teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, which reflected discipline, needed to be replicated.
He said, “In those days, very comfortable and important figures in the society would send their children to a teacher’s house for grooming. That was the teacher then.
“Teacher’s children and those that lived with them became the crème de la crème of the society. The society sadly has tilted towards ephemeral appearances that negate the standard of teachers as role models.
“We think this should stop. Teachers deserve recognition and respect. The first step is to have qualified teachers in practice.”
To achieve the goal, he said his ministry, through the Teachers Registration Council, was making effort to withdraw unqualified teachers nationwide.
He urged individuals, states, and local government education authorities and corporate organisations to reintroduce a reward system to boost productivity in the education sector.
#ENSA_FULokoja Honored Koton-Karfe Lawmaker, Hon Tanko Okofi As Ambassador Of Egbura Nation.
A serving Koton-Karfe Lawmaker on Friday conferred with honored as an Ambassador of Egbura Kingdom by Egbura National Students Association (ENSA) Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) chapter.
Comr. Umar Abdulsalam, President of the association in a remark commended the lawmaker for all his good works particularly efforts geared towards assisting students within and outside his constituency.
The Egbura higher students body acknowledged Hon. Tanko for his tireless support to students, youths and women of his constituency.
The event took place at his official residence Legislative quarters, Gadumo Lokoja, Kogi State.
“ENSA Federal University Lokoja decided to honored Hon. Tanko as an AMBASSADOR OF EGBURA Kingdom in view of his numerous contribution to Youths, Women and Students in Egbura Nation”
The lawmaker, Hon. Mohammed Abubakar Tanko Okofi, (APC) Kogi/Koton-Karfe constituency while appreciating the Egbura Students thanked them for the honored accorded him, saying the gesture will spur him to do more for his people.
“I don’t know the parameters the association used in selecting me owing to fact that I have never met you people. I thanked the association for finding me worthy for the honour”.
He charge the Egbura Students body to take their study serious and continues to be good ambassadors of Egbura Nation.
Nasarawa To Begin Payment Of Salaries To Newly Engaged Teachers, – Education Commissioner Says
The Commissioner, Nasarawa State Ministry of Education, Hajiya. Fatu Jemaita Sabo, says on Wednesday that the state government would commence the payment of salaries of 2,250 newly employed teachers this month.
The Commissioner said was to ensure optimal productivity, enhance standard of education and to improve on the lives of the newly employed teachers.
Sabo disclosed this when the ministry appeared before the House Committee on Education to assess their 2020 budget performance in Lafia on Wednesday.
The commissioner said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration has given topmost priority to the education sector for improved standard of education through its various educational policies and programmes.
When asked on when tertiary institutions are resuming in the state, the commissioner revealed that education and empowerment sub- committee on COVID-19 and leadership of the tertiary institutions in the state have already met with the state task force committee on COVID-19 and all presentations and proposals on resumption have been made and presented to the deputy governor.
She added that the ministry is awaiting directive from the state government and hopely in the next one to two weeks, higher institutions in the state will resume.
Responding, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee said that the invitation extended to the ministry was to assess their 2020 budget performance.
Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) said that the committee would continue to give the ministry and the state government the necessary support in order to ensure better and improved standard of education in the state.
” We will continue to do our best in ensuring quality and improved standard of education in the state,” he said.
The committee commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring prompt payment of salaries of civil servants in the state and make a similar case for tertiary institutions in the state.
It would be reported that issue of delay in salaries of lecturers of tertiary institutions in the state was also brought forward and the need for state government to expedite the process of taking over their payments was also extensively discussed.
Meantime, the management of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia appeared before the committee for the school’s 2020 budget performance assessment.
Mrs Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic, who was represented by Engr. Obande Jonathan, Dean of Studies appealed to the state government for prompt payment of salaries and gratituties of lecturers.
Also, Alhaji Abdullahi Abu Galadima, the Chairman, Nasarawa State Teachers Service Commission along side other members of the commission also appeared before the committee for the commission’s 2020 budget performance assessment where the committee expressed happiness with their performance.
Barr. Tanko Describes Education As Panacea To Defeat Illiteracy, Receives ENSA FULokoja.
Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.
The Egbira National Students Association, ENSA, Federal University Lokoja chapter has been described as next crop of leadership in Nigeria which the nation will be looking up to in near future.
President of the Egbira National Students Association (ENSA) Comrade Umar Abdulsalam has led other members of the Association on a congratulatory visit to the newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.
Umar said they were in his office to rejoice with him, pray and wish him well to succeed in office just as he has done credibly in his previous office.
He said its only the Almighty Allah that ordained power to who he is so please with and has destine some things to happened the way they are right now.
“Mr. Chairman, we are here to felicitate with over what the Almighty Allah has done for you”
“We pray to Allah to grant you sound health, long life and prosperity so that you will continue to use your good office for the benefits of your good people and humanity in general”.
“We are also here to familiarize with you and your good office in area of support in quest of our academic pursuit
The Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, on Wednesday received entire leadership of Egbira National Students Association at his officer Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Chairman said their decisions to visit, congratulate and wish him well is highly commendable owing to the fact that students are the next leaders.
While thanking the Egbira students body for coming to identify with him, saying his appointment was made possible by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, Executive Governor of Kogi State and hence to gives glory to Almighty Allah.
Barr. Tanko said if he was not their own they won’t even think of coming to visit him and on the basis of that cordial relationships he is grateful for their visit.
Barr. Tanko who is a former Administrator of Kogi Local Government Council, one time Senior Special Assistant for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the Executive Governor of Kogi State.
Speaking further, Barr. Tanko said their demands is incumbent on him and others leaders to ensure some of their needs especially all that has to do with academic pursuit are provided as part of support to enable them concentrate on their ongoing study at the University.
He took them down memory lane which he said as a students then they were also paying courtesy visit to some of their leaders through various organization, unionism, group and tribal group among others with aimed to brainstorming and seeking their advises on way forward geared sustainability of their study.
However, he said as they’re doing that there should be a subsidiary to the main agenda which is a education they’re pursuing.
“I am convince and happy by your introduction which clearly shows that you have gone far in the University”
“You know the University is a society for academic excellence, having found yourself there, you have surmounted all available levels starting from day one to your present and remaining days in the University”.
“My prayer for all of you is that you will come out be certificated, inshallah, he said.
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