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Mbah Approves ₦1.9bn For Payment Of Teachers’ Leave Arrears

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Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has given public primary school teachers a reason to smile with the approval of the disbursement of ₦1.9 billion to settle the long-standing debt of leave allowances, accrued over four years.

True to his word, Governor Mbah has delivered on his promise to prioritize teachers’ benefits, aligning with his government’s mission to foster a supportive environment that bolsters teaching excellence.

The success of the state’s innovative “Smart Green School” initiative, aimed at giving students a top-notch education, hinges on the motivation of its teachers. To achieve this, the administration recognizes the need to inspire and incentivize educators to deliver their best.

Governor Mbah previously made headlines by greenlighting the long-awaited expansion of the N30,000 minimum wage to include primary school teachers and local government employees, a move hailed as a major win for workers.

Following a thorough analysis, the South East Media Forum has bestowed its highest accolade on ENSUBEB, acknowledging it as the premier Universal Basic Education Board in the South East Zone, with a performance record that sets a high bar for its counterparts to follow.

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This was even as the Forum presented a distinguished merit award to the Chairman of ENSUBEB, Dr. Gabriel Ajah, commending Governor Mbah’s leadership recruitment model of putting square pegs in square holes, noting that the governor’s team at ENSUBEB had revolusionalised primary education in line with the governor’s disruptive innovation agenda.

Presenting the award to ENSUBEB Chairman in his office in Enugu, the Zonal Chairman of the Forum, Comrade Norbert Okolo, said, “We did a study of Universal Basic Education Boards in the South-East and came up with what is needed in education management. Of all the Board Chairmen Enugu scored the highest in performance.”

“This boils down to leadership recruitment and putting square pegs in square holes as the governor did with ENSUBEB.

“For instance, given his experience as a Permanent Secretary and later, an acting Chairman of ENSUBEB, Dr Ajah, has upon his appointment as incumbent Executive Chairman of ENSUBEB introduced some innovation in our primary schools and junior secondary in line with Governor Mbah’s agenda to achieve quality basic education for all children of school age in Enugu State,” Comrade Okolo stated

Responding, Dr. Ajah described Governor Mbah as a disruptive innovator, who had demonstrated his passion for education by introducing the smart schools policy and allocating 33 per cent of the state’s 2024 budget to the education sector.

“The Board is being driven by the core values of disruptive innovation, institutional capacity, responsive citizenship, excellence, character and competence as well as team work in keeping with the vision of the governor,” he stated.

The Eastern Updates 

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