The Executive Governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha celebrated this year’s teachers day with a firm promise to the teachers that their salaries will always be paid as at when due.
The Governor stated this at the 2015 World Teachers Day held at the Heroes Square, Owerri. Owelle Okorocha expressed his pleasure with the teachers for keeping faith with his administration in its guest to eradicate poverty and illiteracy in the state through the provision of qualitative and free education. He stressed that his love for the Imo teachers has made them the envy of other civil servants and vowed that not even the present economic situation of the country which has drastically reduced the allocation given to state can separate him from his teachers.
Speaking further, the Governor described the teachers as the custodian of the children’s future and as such should emulate Christ in moulding the lives of the children under their tutelage.
He reminded all present that the best legacy you can give to a child is education, as education is power, stating that it was the guest to give power to they children of Imo State that informed his kind gesture of free and qualitative education to the Imo wards.
The Governor stated that in assumption of office four years ago, that Imo state has about eleven thousand teachers and that has been doubled to accommodate the rising increase in the number of intakes as a result of the free education. He re-echoed that 305 schools have been constructed by his administration and the old schools within the Owerri municipality has been renovated and transformed in the shape of a mini university.
Owelle Okorocha further admonished the teachers that to whom “much is given much is expected”, he enjoined them to reciprocate government gesture by been dedicated to their duties and seeing that the school environment where they teach is always clean and weeded as cleanliness he opines is next to godliness.
The governor equally expressed his desire to introduce a Teachers adjustment programme which will be geared towards making sure that every teacher is entitled to twenty five students and which will equally ensure that the concept of teachers packing in few schools in the town at the detriment of schools in the rural areas is stopped and addressed.
Earlier, in his address the NUT State Chairman Sir Napoleon Aniche re affirmed the total support, loyalty and commitment of the teachers to the rescue mission government. He stated equivocally that since the creation of Imo State in 1976 that without fear of contradiction no past government has indentified with the teachers like the present government.
The NUT boss re-emphasized that the teachers in the state has entered into irrevocable bond either to sail or sink with the Governor. He stressed that the theme of the celebration “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies” is very apt and in tandem with governor Okorocha’s vision of free and qualitative education.
The teachers boss equally brought to the attention of the governor some of their challenges which includes, the plight of the retired primary school teachers, regular payment of running costs to school heads, inadequate teachers, and donation of land for the building of teachers village.
Contributing, the national president of NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya in his message thanked the Governor for prompt payment of teachers salaries despite the current economic challenges facing the nation and call for its sustainability.
For: Chief Press Secretary
Government House Owerri