In pursuance of his campaign promise to give education a face lift in the state, the governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has set up a committee to investigate condition of schools facilities in the state for possible upgrade.
This was contained in an address delivered on his behalf at Michael Okpara Square by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze to mark the Teachers’ Day celebration in the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi also commended the immeasurable roles teachers play in the development of the nation, pointing out that the World Teachers’ Day was observed first in 1993 in recognition of teachers’ priceless contribution to the development of humanity.
Also speaking during the event, the National President of the teachers union, Comrade Michael Alogha Olukoya, represented by Dr. John Okey Joseph thanked the government of Enugu State for making education a top priority. He also used the medium to appeal to Enugu state government to review the retirement age of primary and secondary school teachers from 60 to 65 years and their service years from 35 to 40 years, adding that the measures had been granted to workers of different professions across the nation.
The union further advocated for training and re-training of staff in order to add value to their work and enhance their role of character building of students that would compete favourable with their colleagues world-wide.
The president further charged teachers in the state to continue their support for Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration which according him, had identified with them by making them the first point of call in his fact finding inspections.
The highlight of the event was the march past by teachers from the 17 local government areas of the state of which Enugu East local government emerged victorious.