Oyo State Government has approved the appointment of a member of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to serve on the board of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The chairman, Oyo SUBEB, Dr Nureni Adeniran, disclosed this while playing host to members of the State Executive Council of the NUT, led by Its chairman, Comrade Samson Adedoyin.
Adeniran also assured teachers that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration is ensuring they receive their reward on earth and not only in heaven.
The new appointee, Comrade Oladimeji Raji, who has been in the teaching service for 30 years, is also the current state treasurer of NUT.
Raji, according to the Executive Chairman, has been committed to the welfare of teachers and works at Progressive Day School II, Aladorin, Ibadan.
Adeniran said that Oyo State Government intends to carry teachers in the state along in the scheme of things at the board, especially in the execution of educational policies and programmes of the state government, through the appointment of one of them.
The chairman said the appointment is borne out of the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of teachers, assuring teachers in the state that SUBEB, under his watch, would not stop being teachers’ friendly.
He added that teachers’ interests would not be compromised, just as he said that they know the best way to address their problems since some of them were once teachers.
The chairman listed some of the ways Makinde’s administration has motivated teachers for higher productivity to include prompt payment of salaries and allowance to primary school teachers in the state.
He,however, appealed to members of NUT to collaborate with the board, urging the NUT leadership to do its utmost best to sensitize its members on the efforts of the state government In making life comfortable for them.
He said the board will not hesitate to discipline erring teachers who refuse to adhere to the rules of service, adding that the present administration is working on modalities to recruit new teachers in the Basic Education sector.
Adeniran, however, assured the leadership of NUT that the board has listed some of the challenges facing teachers in the state, adding that it would immediately swing into action.
Earlier, NUT Chairman,Adedoyin, praised the state government for its commitment to the welfare of teachers.
He called on the state government to look into other areas where teachers need its intervention.