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Jonathan: More emphasis on education

10 July 2014, 10:13

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan said the government would continue to place emphasis on training and education of children and youths in whose hands rests the management of the future affairs of the country.

Jonathan made the pledge while declaring open a three-day National Delegates Conference of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Wednesday in Uyo.

The president, represented by the minister of labour and productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, said no nation can manage its resources without well educated population.

"No meaningful development can take place in a country without the contributions of quality teachers.

"Education, as the bedrock of civilisations, forms part of the transformation agenda and other economic policies”, Jonathan said.

He added that it was in realisation of the importance of education that federal government introduced innovations with the objective of improving teachers’ skills and welfare.

The President commended NUT for striving to maintain industrial peace and making sacrifices to uplift the standard of education.

He said the theme: Changing Nigeria’s Fortune through Quality Teachers: Education Holds the Magic Wand for National Development and Advancement, was apt and in agreement with the aspirations of all Nigerians.

Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom urged teachers to regard their job as a sacred call for service to humanity.

"Your investments in the lives of our children today will determine what kind of fruits they will bear tomorrow," Akpabio said.

The governor, represented by his deputy, Valerie Ebe, advised teachers to show love to the children they were teaching and to discipline them when necessary.

He said that he had invested in free education in the state with a view that only educated citizens can manage the massive infrastructure being provided in the state.

Then ational president of NUT, Michael Olukoya, said the union had designed training for all members to ensure quality teaching.

Olukoya decried attempts by some state governments to subject teachers to take competency tests.

The NUT boss urged the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to defend its legal mandate by vouching for the competency of teachers it had licensed.

He said the union was proud to be part of the transformation agenda of the present administration.


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