Chairman North-Central Governors’ Forum, and Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has hailed the resilience of teachers as they celebrated the World Teachers’ Day on Monday.
Governor Sani Bello in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mary Noel-Berge, said teachers are the bedrock of society and custodians of education, and assured of his continuous premium support to teachers in the state.
The governor said that the education sector still remains one of his administration’s top priority, adding that his administration will continue to provide a conducive environment that will enable teachers to impact knowledge on the pupils and students.
The state chief executive maintained that the welfare of teachers was sacrosanct to him, saying his administration will not hesitate to support them giving the fact that reward and contribution of teachers’ welfare and development should be regarded as very important.
He bemoaned the situation where teachers were not accorded the respect due them, as he pledged that his administration has since commenced changing the narrative.
While acknowledging the teaching profession as a noble and age-long profession, Gov. Sani Bello, appealed to them to ensure that quarks finding their way into the profession are shown the way out.
- In another development, the Niger state Salary Management Committee set up by the state government to screen the state workforce, says that as at September 23, 2020, only 20,675 staff were screened out of a total of 26,387 names submitted to the committee by the office of the Head of Service.
Addressing journalists during the post Council briefing at Government House, Minna, the state capital, Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Ibrahim Muhammad Panti, stated the exercise was meant to ascertain the staff strength of the state.
He explained that from the total of 26,387 names given to the committee, only 25, 861 staff registered with the committee on its portal, pointing out that 1,789 are pending as they have not completed the screening process, while 3,057 are put on hold due to questionable certificates at the point of entry and while in Service.
The committee also uncovered 773 civil servants who are yet to avail themselves for the screening, while 340 people were either dead or retired from the State Civil Service.
Engr. Panti re-iterated that the portal is still opened for those who are yet to register, while those who have registered but are yet to be screened should come forward for the screening.
He added that the time provided for screening will soon elapse, and that those found wanting at the end will be made to face disciplinary action.