Ekiti teachers to enjoy loans, other benefits – Oyebanji
By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has said his administration would address the issue of non-disbursement of car and housing loans to primary school teachers in the state, to get them to start enjoying certain benefits that their counterparts in secondary schools enjoy in the state.
Governor Oyebanji gave the assurance in Ado-Ekiti during the week when he met with Education Secretaries across the 16 local government areas in his office.
According to a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, the meeting was to get first-hand information on some complaints by the teachers, which were hitherto unknown to him.
The Governor expressed concern over some of the revelations at the meeting and promised that the government would also look into the issue of career progression of degree holders in primary schools to allow them to reach Grade Level 16 or 17 as the case may be.
He also promised to address other issues affecting the teachers including redistribution of teachers to ensure that rural areas get their fair share of teachers as well as provision of incentives to those serving in rural areas.
He also said the Government would consider the implementation of the newly recommended retirement age of 65 and years or 40 years of service for teachers.
While cautioning concerned authorities against inviting teachers to seminars with inadequate or no provision for their welfare, Governor Oyebanji said teachers should henceforth be well treated and respected as moulders of future leaders.
The Governor commended teachers in the state for their commitment to duty and determination to ensure that the administration succeeds in its education and human capital development efforts.
In their separate comments, the Head of Service, Engr. Sunday Komolafe, Commissioner for Education, Dr (Mrs) Bimpe Aderiye and Chairman, State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), Prof Femi Akinwumi, restated the commitment of the government to the welfare of teachers and the entire workforce in the state.
The Executive Secretaries, who admitted that the meeting with the Governor was the first of its kind in the history of the state, commended Governor Oyebanji for giving them the rare opportunity to bear their minds on issues touching on the education sector in the state.