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The Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti has disclosed that his administration has plans to employ no fewer than 5,000 teachers in the coming months to address the shortage in primary and secondary schools.
In his inaugural speech at the Umuahia Township Stadium yesterday, Otti revealed his administration’s plan to employ at least 5,000 teachers to address the shortage in primary and secondary schools.
He noted that this was part of his administration’s commitment to rebuilding the school system, which would produce quality students that would be relevant to the needs of modern society.
The governor also noted that he would work with his team and relevant stakeholders within the next month to design an appropriate framework for the recruitment process. The governor emphasized that young graduates in education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as those willing to serve in rural communities, would be given priority.
He said: ‘We shall see to it that our teachers undergo regular refresher courses to update their knowledge and teaching skills so that they will stay relevant in their chosen fields.
‘It must also be stated that under our government, teachers shall never be shabbily treated as reportedly had been the custom in the past.
‘The paucity of infrastructure in our educational system shall be addressed stridently.’
Meanwhile, Otti has also declared a state of emergency on refuse disposal and waste management in Umuahia and Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state. He emphasised that a healthy urban environment would be a top priority for his government and has directed the State Environmental Protection Agency to evacuate all refuse heaps within the two cities.
The governor has also announced that his administration will commence the payment of May salaries and pensions to all civil servants and retirees in the next few days.
The Governor of Abia State Otti emerged victorious in the 18th of March governorship election under the banner of the Labour Party.