Monday, 5 October 2015

NUT - 600 Teachers killed, 19,000 Displaced, by Boko Haram.

No fewer than 600 teachers have been murdered by the Islamist terrorist sect, Boko Haram, in the North East states of Nigeria, reports the National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Michael Alogba.

Alogba also disclosed that nearly 19,000 teachers were displaced as a result of violent attacks by the terrorists.

The NUT leader made the gory disclosures at the ceremony marking the 2015 World Teachers’ Day in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, where Governor Ayodele Fayose also presented car gifts to various categories of teachers for their excellent performance.

The governor also announced the appointment of Headmaster-General in the state.
Alogba, called on the federal government to beef up security around public secondary schools in Nigeria to avert further waste of lives.

He also canvassed against premature retirement of teachers by raising the teachers’ retirement age to 65, for the retention of mature and experienced individuals in the system, who can arrest the falling standard of education in Nigeria.

The Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the 2015 World Teachers’ Day, was filled to capacity, with teachers drawn from the 16 local government areas appearing in the customary ‘Aso Ebi’ and carrying Fayose’s portrait to mark the celebration.

Fayose at the occasion gave brand new Kia Soul Car to the new Headmaster-General, Mrs. Talabi Rachael, while Mrs. Akindele Mary Olayinka, and Mr. Adeola Ife, the Best Primary School Teacher and Best Teacher in Secondary School respectively, got similar gifts for their outstanding performance.

Fayose disclosed that his feat in politics, where he defeated two incumbent governors, Niyi Adebayo and Kayode Fayemi, was made possible because of the immense support he got from the teachers and other Ekiti people.

“It is very difficult to return governor twice in Ekiti, but I was able to achieve it because of your support. I know the value of teachers. I also know the value of their votes. I know how you brought me back to government; I will never joke with you.

“All your demands are being looked into. We are taking them one by one because of the poor financial status of the state. But be sure that all your demands will be met. I will continue to encourage you, to make our education a force to reckon with in Nigeria,” Fayose stated.

He said though he applied for N29.6 billion bailout from the CBN, which would have covered payment for all salaries, allowances and pension, only N9.1 billion was approved.

“This is not political. But it is only what I get that I can share,” he clarified.

Earlier in address, the NUT boss said: “The memory of Chibok girls and thousands of others whose potentials and lives have been truncated, remain traumatic and demoralising.

“It is on record that over 600 teachers have lost their lives to the terror attacks. These include 308 in Borno, 75 in Adamawa, 18 in Yobe, 25 in Kaduna, 120 in Plateau, 63 in Kano and 2 in Gombe states. This is in addition to 19,000 teachers that have been displaced and are suffering great losses due to barbaric activities of the insurgents”.

Alogba added that the union won’t relent in its advocacy for the establishment of the Secondary School Education Commission to play regulatory and advisory roles like the National Universities Commission, Universal Basic Education Commission, National Board for Technical Education, among others.

The NUT boss added that, “the country at this moment needs a serious result-oriented and purposeful education summit. In this summit, professionals and stakeholders will bring their experiences to bear in offering solutions to all challenges bedeviling the system for education to serve the current demands of the Nigerian society,” he said.

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