NUT Applauds Oborevwori For Creating New Education Jobs

He promised to do so and graciously fulfilled it. 
By Amos Tejiri

The Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for approving the creation of more than 2000 job opportunities within primary schools across the state. The Chairman of the NUT’s state chapter, Comrade Titus Okotie, praised this action, stating that it brings economic relief to numerous graduates and families, while also indicating a promising future for the education sector.

Okotie said: “The issue of shortage of teachers, especially in primary schools, have been an old agitation. During the electioneering campaign when Elder Sheriff Oborevwori met with the NUT, it was one of the issues we raised, the need to make the job easier for the very few teachers remaining in the service, and he promised to face the issue headlong. 

“During that interaction, we also suggested that it will be better tackled if one of our executives is appointed into his  Transition Committee to lay the foundation. He promised to do so and graciously fulfilled it. 

“With that and when he came on board, the teachers shortage issue was raised at the Joint Action Committee and he went ahead to approve the recruitment of teachers with immediate effect.

“Though the number approved now does not resolve the whole concern, I must tell you it is a good beginning and I commend His Excellency for his prompt action.”

Okotie revealed that in 2005, the state had around 27,000 teachers, but this number decreased to approximately 17,000 by 2015. Furthermore, the count of actual teachers dropped even further to about 10,000.

He said: “With this first move, the Governor has started very well and he made it clear that we are just starting with this number. He did not say it is the conclusion.”


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