From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Niger State Governor, Umaru Mohammed Bago has called on teachers to have attitudinal change towards discharging their duties for the benefit of all.
Governor Bago disclosed this on Thursday during the 2023 World Teachers Day celebration with the theme:The teachers we need for the education we want; the global imperative to reverse teachers shortage in the state.
The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba advised members of the public to desist from “saying it is the government sector, the property is not my property, let’s be patriotic citizens “.
He assured to pay the teachers their October outstanding salaries and commended them for their resilience.
Speaking at the occasion, Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon AbdulMalik Mohammed Sarkin Daji commended the teachers’ efforts toward nation building and assured all Nigerlites of enacting educational laws that would have meaningful impact to the state and country at large.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Hadiza Asabe Mohammed said that education is the second top priority of the Bago administration .
She stated that the global imperative initiative to reverse teachers’ shortages is apt and addresses one of the critical education challenges.
In his remarks, the state Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Niger State Wing , Comrade Akayago Adamu Mohammed stressed the fact that teachers are the torch bearers of positive tranformations but are always nelegected and reduced to beggars as well as treated as insignificant civil servants.
He complained that the new minimum wage of N30,000 for the state civil servants has not been fully and properly implemented for secondary school teachers as agreed.
The NUT chairman appealed to the Governor for upward review ofl salaries of teachers in the state in order to reduce their plights, considering the harsh economic situation being faced in the country.