Our N7.6 billion counterpart UBEC funds has yielded 1,200 school projects, says Fayemi ,– Promises to prioritize teachers’ welfare

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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has explained that the
over N7.6 billion counterpart funds paid to the Universal Basic
Eduction Commission (UBEC) has yielded 1,200 infrastructural projects
in public schools in the last 27 months of his administration.
The Governor who disclosed this on Wednesday at the opening ceremony
of a five-day training workshop on pedagogical competencies and
digital literacy for newly recruited teachers of public primary
schools in Ado Ekiti said his administration would always prioritize
teachers’ welfare.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor
said the training programme was designed to introduce the teachers as
new employees in the public service to their roles and duties as
teachers with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The Governor noted that restoration of release of running grants to
public schools, supply of teaching aids and equipment and
reconstruction of dilapidated structures and construction of new ones
are some of the steps taken to reposition the sector.
Dr. Fayemi stressed that his administration was desirous of equipping
teachers with new teaching aids and tools for quality and effective
teaching and learning for the best interest of pupils in public
schools.
The Governor who pointed out that education is the first leg of the
Knowledge Economy pillar of his administration said the training was
designed to sharpen the skills of the trainees as professional
teachers and prepare them for the task ahead.
The state Chief Executive described the process of selecting
candidates for the training as transparent, competitive and
merit-based regardless of background, gender, religion, political
inclination and in some cases, state of origin.
Dr. Fayemi emphasized that his administration introduced a multiplex
prolonged approach to tackle problems directly or indirectly
militating against access of children to free and qualitative basic
education which explained its determination to clear the backlog of
UBEC counterpart funds left unpaid by the last administration.
He said: “The major one among these is the conscious efforts towards
providing a conducive teaching and learning environment in schools
through the payment of over N7.6 billion counterpart funds to the
Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
“This has translated into the execution of over 1,200 UBEC/SUBEB
infrastructural projects in the last 27 months many of which have now
been completed.
“We are not unmindful of the challenge of dearth of teachers in public
schools in the state. As a responsible government, when we came on
board, we took stock of the teachers to enable us know where we need
recruitment.
“Therefore, in 2019, we set machinery in motion to fill existing
vacancies in public schools and in fact, the entire state public
service for optimal performance in all sectors.”
Earlier the SUBEB Chairman, Prof. Femi Akinwumi, revealed that the
Fayemi administration cleared the outstanding payments to UBEC
covering 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 which has seen to the
execution of over 1,200 in 909 schools across the state.
Prof. Akinwumi hailed the Governor for his passion for the educational
development of the state particularly for granting the approval for
the employment of 600 young men and women as the first batch of
teachers recruited by the Board to teach in public primary schools.
He explained that the training was organized for 2,000 selected
teachers including 600 newly recruits by the state government and 100
teachers selected under the Federal Teachers Scheme.
The SUBEB boss charged the trainees to be professional in their
conduct and work as a team with their colleagues, superiors and
subordinates on order to meet the target set by the Fayemi
administration.
“It is hoped that at the end of this induction training programme, all
the participants will be in tune with their roles and responsibilities
of their new positions as teachers in public schools,” Prof. Akinwumi
said.
He said the Board would be counting on the trainees to be diligent in
the discharge of their duties urging, them to do their best in shaping
the future of the children committed to their care.
Goodwill messages were delivered at the event by representatives of
UBEC, Association of Head Teachers of Primary Schools of Nigeria and
other stakeholders.

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