Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said the state government would begin the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 from October.
Fayemi said the decision was predicated on the need to improve the living standard of workers, especially teachers so that they would be able to deliver the best and reposition the state to its pride of place as the education centre of the country.
He spoke at Kayode Oluyemi stadium in Ado Ekiti on Saturday during the 2019 Teachers’ Day Celebration with the theme: “Young Teachers, the Future of the Profession.”
The governor said he decided to inject a new breed of teachers into the state’s public schools, by recruiting 2,000 new teachers.
His words “We will commence payment of N30,000 to workers in Ekiti with effect from this month. We are determined to reward diligence because the workers, particularly our teachers have done the state proud.
“In this year’s WAEC, Ekiti was ranked 12th. I want to salute our teachers but that is not where Ekiti belonged, we must continually do more to rise to number one.”
The governor said he was determined to protect and preserve the core values of Ekiti as the education capital of the nation, adding that he decided to establish more schools in the capital city, Ado Ekiti to depopulate the overpopulated ones and make learning more conducive.
“The only way we can reclaim our lost glory in education is to encourage our teachers in and outside service. I will promote functional and technical education in this state.
“I have also ensured that all children of school age are in schools in line with education law which makes basic education compulsory and in line with global best practices,” he said.
Speaking,Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, Ekiti State chapter, Com. Samuel Odugbesan praised the governor for recruiting teachers into public schools across the state, saying this will help in strengthening the future of education.
Odugbesan said: “Teachers are retiring every day without replacement but with these recruitments in primary and secondary schools, the future of our education is guaranteed.
“Not having young teachers in the teaching profession is threatening the future of education and these recruitments are commendable.”
He, however, appealed to Fayemi to pay all outstanding salaries and allowance and improve on the welfare package of the teachers.
During the ceremony, Mr. Henry Olaoluwa Asubiojo of Amoye Grammar School; Tajudeen Olaoye of Anglican Primary School, Esun Ekiti, and Mrs Mojisola Ehinafe of Technical School, Ado Ekiti, were awarded a cash price of N500,000 each, for emerging as the best teachers in the state.