The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers in Ogun, Mr Titilope Adebajo, has described teachers as risk takers and mind moulders, saying the introduction of Education Trust Fund would enable government address many challenges facing the education sector.
Adebajo stated this during the occasion of the 2020 celebration of the World Teacher’s Day in Abeokuta on Monday.
“The theme for this years celebration is Teachers : Leading in crisis, reimagining the future .
The NUT chairman explained that government needed to invest more on education rather than spending on it.
“There is no gainsaying to the fact that Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR) led administration within the 15 months of his administration has invested greatly into Education sector.
“Education is capital intensive and highly appreciated by well designed minds only. It is only those that always sees the future from the present that will invest in it,” he said.
He called for the introduction of Education Trust Fund in the state to avoid gathering to contribute toward Security Trust Fund due to the menace of failed education.
He added that having a robust Education Trust Fund in the state would surely encourage and assists the government to address some of the challenges facing education which is the responsibility of all.
“No thanks to COVID-19 which exposed greatly the level of our development in this nation, education inclusive. It revealed that our educational infrastructures are not developing with population explosion,” he said.
He noted that the theme was apt and timely , saying Nigeria teachers were fully committed to their callings.
“We teach in crisis situations to sharpen the future that we envisage. Teachers are the bridges that connect the past, the present and the future together without considering the crisis situation that we face in the areas like finance, material, moral, security, health and spiritual challenges in our day to day activities.
“Despite facing this herculean tasks, developing nation like ours (Nigeria) still dont accord Teachers the deserved honour. Teaching is a divine calling where you can only see those that are concern with the future.
“Teachers are risk takers, we sacrifice our happiness to make our students happy, our ego, security, health to secure the future for this nation. So, Teachers deserved more in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
“For Nigeria Teachers and Education Industry in the country to be relieved from the crisis and bring about better future for Teachers and other stakeholders, Nigeria leaders and the government need to put Teachers Plight and Welfare into consideration.
“No government, however benevolent and generous can unilaterally fund this most important social service. No Government in Nigeria (National, State or Local) has come close to invest 26% of her annual budget on education as recommended by UNESCO.
“This unequivocally depicts how we value the development of the next generation.
“It is important therefore to draw the attention of government to some issues of concern to Teachers and to the Education Industry in this noble State.
“Quick release of months of unremitted cooperative deductions which has been adversely affecting the lives of Teachers and their families.
“Quick release of six years unpaid Annual Leave Allowance is highly demoralizing the Teachers.Non-payment of mutual bargained and agreed New Minimum Wage which ought to be a catalyst to sustain already depressed economy.
“Granting of approval for years of promotion (2018, 2019 and 2020) as brought stagnation which is leading to frustration.
“Your Excellency, on the above aforementioned demands, the Unions trust in your administration is not shaking based on the Memorandum signed with the Organised Labour in the State as a man of his words,” he said.