by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has reaffirmed his commitment towards enhancing the dignity of teachers in Plateau State through sustaining the constant payment of salaries and allowances, improving school infrastructure and ensuring that standard of education continues to rise.
The governor was speaking at an event to mark the 2021 Teachers Day at the Ministry of Education, Joseph Gomwalk Secretariat Jos, on Monday.
The occasion featured the presentation of awards and cash gifts to teachers from various schools, who were selected for their performance. The governor reiterated that his administration prioritize education and, believes that, it is the best way to address the challenges of the nation.
Of note he said, “Despite our efforts to address the decay and neglect of the past, which we inherited, there is so much that still needs to be done to provide the conducive atmosphere for our teachers to perform optimally.
“Your resilience and hard work is a great motivation to our administration in ensuring that we do everything possible to make our schools better.
“Apart from improving the school infrastructure, we have taken other deliberate steps to revamp the education sector here in the state. You will recall the last employment exercise where about 2,000 teachers were employed and posted to the seventeen Local Government Areas,” he stated.
The governor further revealed that, he has used his position as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum to ensure that Plateau State was selected as one of the beneficiaries of the World Bank program, known as ‘Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Environment Project’ (AGILE), where about 1,000 academic and 1,000 non-academic staff will be recruited to add to the already existing teachers in the State.
Speaking on the “Lalong Legacy Projects,” which has many schools, the governor said “I was highly disappointed by the contractor, who did not perform according to the agreement and timelines given to him. That is why we had to terminate the engagement and, thankfully, the court has given us judgment.
“We are going ahead to complete the work and ensure that our people have world standard schools and hospitals; nobody can stop us from completing these Legacy Projects,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Wapmuk, said this year’s theme for the World Teachers’ Day, which is ‘Teachers at the heart of Education recovery,’ is timely and provides hope to the future generation.
According to her, there is a huge task ahead and teachers must be proactive to make a lasting impact in regaining lost grounds and ensuring that the lives of children are not jeopardized.
She urged teachers to use education to overcome the pandemic and also teach students to be resilient and work towards finding solutions to future challenges.
While commending Governor Lalong for ensuring that the lost glory in the educational sector is recovered, she said that, “So far, a lot of progress has been made as the State has recorded improved the performance of its students in national and international examinations.”
Mrs Wapmuk noted that, with seasoned educational technocrats in the Ministry of Education, the State has injected the use of ICT in enhancing learning and teaching with tremendous results.
A teacher from Plateau State, Mr. John Ushaku Jobdi, is among those that will receive National Teachers Presidential Award for emerging best teachers in the country at an event holding in Abuja today, 5th October, 2021.