Ogun teachers endorse Abiodun for second term

On Tuesday, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Ogun State Chapter, declared their intention to support State Governor Dapo Abiodun's re-election bid.

This was declared jointly by the union and members of the state's National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools.

Abiodun Akinola, the state chairman of the Ogun NUT, disclosed this during an interactive session with the governor at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta.

Akinola stated that they decided to support Abiodun's second term bid due to his efforts in repositioning the education sector.

"Your government has taken education to new heights," he said. We are not partisan, but we wholeheartedly support you as our employer. We will work to ensure your return.

"We will canvass from house to house because you are a silent achiever whose accomplishments will be remembered for a long time."

Akinola praised the state government for upgrading schools, training and retraining teachers, resurrecting principals' offices, introducing Digi-class, and canceling school levies.

The NUT chairman, on the other hand, has called for the recruitment of more teachers to replace those who have retired in order to restore teachers' special allowance and pay leave bonus arrears.

Adekunle Osibemiwo, President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Ogun State Chapter, also spoke at the session, calling for the harmonisation of taxes paid by school proprietors.

He also advocated for the appointment of a disabled person to head the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology's Special Education Department.

In his response, Abiodun stated that his administration had renovated over 100 public schools, built 1,500 affordable housing units, and built over 400 kilometers of road.

He also mentioned that the Agro-cargo airport at Illisan is still under construction, with planes landing.

He characterized teachers as forerunners who nurture and raise morally upright children for society.

He praised them for contributing to the state's peace by instilling the right values in their students.

"I'd like to express my gratitude for your patience and support. Without your assistance, we would not have been able to accomplish as much as we have.

"We will look into the multi taxation issue and harmonise it. "I will also appoint a Special Assistant to oversee the Ministry of Education's Special Education Office," he said.

The governor stated that plans to implement the Digital Lesson Plan in schools had been finalized.

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