Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State recently lauded the dedication and excellence of the state’s educators during his address at the 9th Quadrennial Conference of Delegates of the State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. Speaking at the Teachers House in Awka, Governor Soludo emphasized the pivotal role teachers play in shaping the future of society and highlighted the impressive achievements of Anambra’s education system.
Governor Soludo announced upcoming plans to revolutionise the education sector with a comprehensive fundamental education policy which will be unveiled in the coming months.
Speaking Governor Soludo stated that under his leadership, Anambra State has taken proactive measures to bolster its education sector.
Mr. Governor revealed that despite having recruited 5000 teachers on assumption of office, plans are in place to recruit more teachers. This is aimed at enhancing the quality of education in state-run schools to a level where they can provide top-tier education, rivaling private schools.
He equally stated that the new retirement age for teachers in the state will apply to classroom teachers who are teaching rare subjects, especially science subjects whose retirement would create a lacuna in the system, these caliber of teachers would be retained till suitable replacements are recruited.
Addressing the theme of the conference, “Fuel Subsidy Removal: Its Impacts on the Teachers; and the Way Forward,”
Governor Soludo touched on the country’s financial reality, advocating prudent spending by the government and its citizens as a step towards resolving the issue. The governor equally said his administration is actively working on multiple fronts to improve Anambra State’s economic prospects, adding that he recently rolled out several short and medium-term palliative for public servants, pensioners, and business owners in the state.
He talked about ongoing initiatives like the coconut and palm oil revolution, aimed at creating thousands of financially empowered individuals in the state. Furthermore, he highlighted plans for an Investment Summit to transform Anambra into a hub of investment opportunities and emphasized the construction of extensive road networks in remote areas to boost economic growth.
Earlier, in delivering her welcome speech, the outgoing State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Comrade. Nonye Chibueze touched on challenges faced by teachers in the state, including the effects of fuel subsidy removal, inadequate number of teachers in public schools, non–non-implementation of the new retirement age for teachers, and the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Commissioner of Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Chairman of Post Primary School Commission, Prof Nkechi Ikediugwu, and Anambra State Head of Service, Barrister Theodora Igwegbe.
Min of Education