*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde has discribed teachers as a pillar of development.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has linked achievement of his administration to teachers, saying without them his team might not be able to fulfill key objective, especially in the provision of free and quality education for all and sundry in the state.
Makinde in his congratulatory signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa congratulated teachers in Oyo State and across the country on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, saying that teachers remain the unsung heroes of global developmental strides.
A copy of the statement made available to the SWIndependentnews.com.ng quoted Governor Makinde to have said that “Our administration has always been guided by this mantra; education remains the best weapon to fight poverty and that informed the pride of place occupied by education in our government’s four-point service agenda.
“Without teachers we cannot fulfill a key objective of our administration, which is to provide free and qualitative education to our teeming populace, and that is why we didn’t blink an eye in recruiting 5,000 teachers and over 600 Education Officers to upgrade our education standards.
“We have also ensured the promotion of teachers, who have had their promotion stalled for years, while also ensuring that the entitlements of the retired teachers and other workers are paid promptly.
“I’m happy that teachers are now recognized globally with the dedication of a day to celebrate them.
“Being the son of a teacher, I practically recognize what teachers go through and the level of appreciation accorded them by the society.
“While thanking teachers for their dedication to the service of humanity, we can assure them that as far as Oyo State under our watch is concerned, teachers would start receiving their rewards right from this earth.”
“I am, therefore, pleased that the world has come to recognize these usually unsung heroes to the extent that they are being celebrated today,” the governor said.
Makinde also added that upon assumption of office, he placed the welfare of teachers in the front burner by approving regular training and retraining programmes.