EKITI State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has disclosed that his emergence in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll prevented many of the teachers from being sacked by the past government. Fayose pointed out that many teachers in public primary and secondary schools would have been sacked through the Teachers’ Development Need Assessment, TDNA, initiated by ex-governor Kayode Fayemi, but for his victory at the election. It would be recalled that the past administration had introduced TDNA to test teachers’ competency, which the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, rejected, saying it was meant to sack teachers in return.
Governor Fayose, who stated this while speaking at the fifth quadrennial state delegates conference in Ado-Ekiti, said his government would continue to defend the interests of teachers, even after leaving office. “I want to say that no government will ever come to Ekiti and treat teachers unjustly and that is where you will continue to need me even after leaving office, because if any government comes after me and tries to treat you badly, I will join forces with you to fight that government. If not for God that brought me, they would have sacked many of you. On this premise, don’t allow anybody to come in-between us. It was my victory that freed you from captivity. “But I want to believe that any government that says what is the meaning of teachers will automatically meet its dead end likewise any nation making bad policies that are against teachers and education can’t survive. “I want to thank you for showing maturity and for being responsible to know that Ekiti is not immune to the current economic recession. I want to assure you that I will promote education to a level where Ekiti will become a model in the sector in Nigeria,” he pledged. Fayose promised that he would soon commence the renovation of schools to ensure a conducive atmosphere for teachers to deliver quality services to students. He promised that his government will not be indebted to any worker at the expiration of his tenure, pointing out that he will not also condone any act of indiscipline that will plummet the state’s fortunes in educational attainment. “You have to help Ekiti for us to help you. We are not going to condone truancy in any of our schools. That is why from January next year, I will be paying unscheduled visits to see how teachers are complying to rules.” In his speech, the State NUT Chairman, Samuel Akosile, urged his members to embrace whoever emerges in the election in the interest of peace and stability of the union. Akosile, who set an eight– point demand for Fayose which include the prompt payment of salaries, effecting of promotion from 2013 till date among others, said he didn’t betray the teachers or mortgage their interest in the last four years that he has been on the saddle.

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