By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Ekiti State Council has commended the Ekiti State Government over what it described as its giant strides in the development of education in the state.
The NUT Chairman in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Oke, made commendation during a courtesy visit paid to the office of the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, in Ado-Ekiti.
The Ekiti NUT helmsman hailed the state government for its investments in education which he said has lifted the sector and repositioned it as attested to by stakeholders.
He identified some of the achievements recorded to include establishment of more primary and secondary schools, recruitment of more teachers, distribution of more furniture and instructional materials, payment of WAEC fees for final year students, implementation of school feeding programme, among others.
The NUT boss also lauded the administration’s tolerance for child abuse and molestation and the ongoing prosecution of a police officer who manhandled a principal and some teachers at a school in the state.
Oke also used the forum to table the union’s demands which include payment of outstanding leave bonus and salary arrears left by the last administration, financial backing for teachers’ promotion, car and housing loans to primary and technical school teachers and payment of gratuity to retired teachers.
Other demands are the provision of a bus to the state NUT, consideration of degree holders in primary schools for salary extension to Grade Levels 16 and 17 and restoration of 27.5 per cent allowance to technical school teachers.
Responding, the Deputy Governor reiterated the commitment of the administration in the state to the welfare of teachers in its employ despite the prevailing paucity of funds.
The Deputy Governor, said teachers remain important partners in achieving a positive turnaround of the education sector as envisioned by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Congratulating the Ekiti NUT on the success of its recent State Delegates Conference and the election of new executives, Egbeyemi urged the teachers’ body to cooperate with the state government for the implementation of policies to strengthen the education sector.
He commended teachers in the state for their sacrifices and diligence in their duties which he noted the government is reciprocating by ensuring regular payment of salaries and provision of infrastructure and instructional materials in public schools.