WIFE of Kebbi State
governor, Hajiya Aisha
Bagudu has called on the
federal government to
improve teachers’ welfare to
enhance their performance
and standard of education.
Bagudu made this call
at a seminar organised by
the FAME Foundation for
female head teachers in the
FCT to commemorate the
International Women’s Day.
The theme for this
year’s commemoration
is ‘BoldForChange.’
Bagudu, who is also the
founder of Mallpai, an
NGO, was represented
by Hajiya Sa’adatu Bello,
secretary of the foundation.
She said that Nigeria
needed to invest a lot in
teachers’ welfare and training
to have quality education
system, adding that
“education is an investment,
so we have to invest in
order to build the nation.
“The saying that teachers’
reward is in heaven is
true because no matter
what you give to a teacher,
you cannot pay him.
“That is why their lives and
condition of living should
be made very comfortable
and conducive to enhance
their performance.
“So, I will like to use this
medium to call on the federal
government improve on the
welfare of teachers across
the federation,” she said.
She urged teachers
to be enthusiastic and
caring to students and
pay close attention to
their needs to build
confidence in their studies.
Mrs Tonto Dikeh, a
Nollywood actress and
president of Tonto Dikeh
Foundation, called on
women to assist one another.
Dikeh said her foundation
was collaborating with
the FAME Foundation
to lay solid foundation
in the education sector.
According to her, the
foundation would train
and support children and
ensure that the indigent
children go back to school,
especially girls because they
are the leaders of tomorrow.
She also urged rape victims to speak up and seek
justice for themselves because
rape was not their fault.
“I urge women to learn to
speak out if they are raped or
experience domestic violence
because it is in speaking
out that help will come.
“I will like to remind rape
victims that they are still
beautiful and God loves them
so they should learn to talk;
this year alone the foundation
has received 25 rape cases
form January to date.”
Dikeh urged women to be
strong and face life squarely on
this international women’s day.
Mrs Pawa Dogo,
representative of the Nigerian
Union of Teachers, NUT,
Abuja Municipal Area
Council branch, urged
teachers to see themselves as
role models and exemplary
leaders to their pupils.
Dogo implored them to be
agents of social and moral
change in their schools
in ensuring standards
and academic excellence.
She, however, said that
the union in collaborating
with relevant government
authorities would create
enabling atmosphere in schools.
Also, founder of the Female
Advocacy Mentoring
Empowerment, FAME,
Foundation, Mrs Aderonke
Bello said the event was aimed
at empowering teachers
to enable them mould a
better future for the youths.
Bello said the seminar
was also designed to
enlighten and empower
female head teachers to
realise their ability, rights,
control and benefit from
resources at their disposal.
She said the foundation’s
focus was on teacher
empowerment and advised
teachers to transfer their
knowledge to their students,
families and friends.
The event was supported by
the European Union delegation
to Nigeria, Latiliyan Project,
UNFPA, Bells Echo Initiative,
Mallpai Foundation,
Engage TV and Pillars
developmental foundation.


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