The Lagos wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Wednesday unanimously threw their weights behind the re-election bid of Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu , saying he has made the teaching profession rewarding for them.
The teachers who spoke at an event marking the World Teachers’ Day held in the state turned into a platform to share testimonies of the positive transformation recorded in the state’s teaching service by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Some teachers who cheerfully shared their experiences in the last three years, gave Sanwo-Olu a pass mark in raising the standards of education through investment in infrastructure and capacity building.
NUT Lagos chairman, Comrade Hassan Akintoye who spoke on behalf of the teachers, said the Sanwo-Olu administration prioritised teachers’ welfare and committed unprecedented investment in education and teaching.
Akintoye said not only had the teaching environment been made more conducive for teachers, he noted that there had also been improvement in the performance of pupils in national examinations.
The NUT boss said the Governor met and fulfilled the majority of demands of the teachers without any confrontation, thereby limiting the prospect of disagreement between NUT and the government.
Lagos, he said, pioneered the creation of the Permanent Secretary/Tutor General position, which is the apex cadre in teaching career, and designated six slots for teachers across the six Education Districts in the State.
Akintoye added that Sanwo-Olu’s approval of career harmonisation in teaching service placed thousands of Lagos teachers on grade Level 17 – the highest level. This, he said, made Lagos the pace-setting state in the transformation of the teaching profession.
In the same vein, the NUT National President, Comrade Audu Titus Amba, sent a note of appreciation to Sanwo-Olu on behalf of Lagos teachers, stressing that Lagos Government had lifted the teaching profession and set enviable standards in the State.