Olajide Osoba, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reinstated the immediate past chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, comrade Oludare Ilekoya and one other teacher, Olusanjo Majekodunmi who were sacked by the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Comrade Ilekoya was dismissed over alleged misconduct and his involvement into political rally held under disguise of 2016 World Teacher’s day Celebration on October 5, 2016 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Mr Majekodun, who is an examiner in Mayflower Secondary school was sacked over alleged offensive examination question.
Abiodun made the reinstatement on Saturday at the 2019 World Teacher’s Day, with the theme, Young Teachers: The Future of The Profession held at MKO stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The governor maintained that his immediate action is to appreciate teacher’s role in building the nation.
He said ”I wish to reiterate that this Administration’s commitment to the principles of equity, fairness, justice, and inclusiveness is neither a vote- catching phrase nor a populist sound bite. Besides, we believe in the adage that to err is human and to forgive is divine. It is in the light of this that I approve the immediate reinstatement of Messrs. Olusanjo Majekodunmi and Oludare Ilekoya back to service from their compulsory retirement over the 2015 English Language examination question and 2017 World Teachers’ Day celebration respectively.
” This gesture is not only to encourage our teachers, It is dictated by natural justice, and it is the right thing to do”
He also urged all public servants to observe professional ethos and avoid any conduct that is not in tandem with public service rules at all times.
”It is my hope that this gesture will be reciprocated with increased commitment to duty and that appropriate lessons have been learnt.
”Let me say that our Administration recognizes your noble role in nation building. Therefore, I wish to reiterate the commitment of our Administration towards the welfare of our teachers within the available resources.
” We will not only continue to incorporate our teachers as critical stakeholders in nation building, but also to continue to ensure that teachers have the necessary ambience and support of our Administration for an efficient services delivery to the benefit of our children and the glory of our dear State.
” I enjoin you to reciprocate this kind gesture by continuing to be up and doing, innovative and painstaking in the honourable discharge of your duties. On our own part, as an Administration, we can assure you of our continued prompt attention to issues bordering on your welfare and constant interventions to take the Education Sector to a greater height”
Abiodun felicitated with all teachers in Ogun State as they join their counterparts in other parts of the world in commemorating the 2019 World Teachers’ Day.
”I want to commend the organizers and every other person who have, in one way or another, contributed to making this event a realitity. I thank you all for listening and God bless”
Meanwhile the chairman of the Academic Staff Union Of Secondary School, ASUSS. Comrade Akeem Lasisi noted that the administration of Dapo Abiodun has helped in rescuing Education sector in Ogun State out of coma.
”We want to thank Abiodun for his intervention in educational sector in Ogun. Since he assumed office we have seen a lot of changes, the scraping of N3,700 levy fee can not been overlooked. He pays our monthly salaries before the end of the month unlike the past administration”