By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Osun State Wing, has called on government at all levels to ensure teachers are well remunerated and promptly to enable them offer quality and effective service.
The State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Wakeel Amudah, made this call in his welcome address to commemorate this year World’s Teacher’s Day celebration with the theme, “TEACHERS : LEADING IN CRISIS, REIMAGINING THE FUTURE”.
This year teacher’s day was celebrated in low-key fashion on Monday at the state Teachers’ House along Iwo-Ibadan road, Osogbo, the state capital, in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
The Osun NUT Chairman, who described the governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola as teacher-friendly said that if teachers were properly remunerated and promptly paid, they would be motivated to give their best toward nation building.
Comrade Amudah said, “part of our requests from the Osun State government this year includes, recruitment of young and qualified teachers to fill the existing vacancies in the schools across the state while we appeal for reconsideration of the remaining teachers with condonation and merging of break of service to enable them to enjoy the benefit earlier given to them by the state government.
“Similarly, Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s led administration in the state should attend to the payment of rural allowances to teachers in rural areas of the state to serve as motivational pill that will enable them remain at their work post.
“Payment of grants to school head (Principal and Head Teachers) as well as retention of the positions of Tutor-General / Permanent Secretary, Head Teachers, Headmaster-General / Permanent Secretary exclusively for teachers among others.”
Meanwhile, the State Secretary of the Union, Comrade Salami Olukayode, spoke of the need for the government to ensure that only qualified teachers were employed to teach.
According to Comrade Olukayode, the only way to encourage the teachers and to improve their status was by ensuring that no teacher was owed salary for the work they had done well while government should also give special treatment to them in order to make the profession more attractive.
It would be recalled that the World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on October 5th of every years to appreciate, assess and improve the educators of the world and to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
The day has also been set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to celebrate and remind the global community of the importance of teachers to nation’s development.