NUT Chairman Challenges Lagos Teachers on Merit Awards
The chairman of the Lagos State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Akintoye Hassan, has charged teachers in the state to send their names for nomination for the state merit awards for deserving teachers.
Addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Lagos State chapter of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN) held at, Bolade Oshodi, Hassan encouraged teachers to jettison their doubting Thomas outlook.
‘ People were sceptical last year. Many did not apply. I am enjoining you to apply. The best will be chosen among those who are available. I am sure that the best of the best would emerge. In this new direction, those who will handle the sorting of the names don’t know anybody among us. They are teachers, administrators from the private sector. Most of the screening would be done electronically’, the NUT chairman said.
He also said the award has gone beyond the level where head teachers and principals could influence the choice of their favourite teachers.
‘So put up your achievements together. We want as many teachers as possible to apply. The gap between teachers and their heads of school has been bridged. There is no foul play. Because of that process, some of those who emanated as the best in Lagos eventually emerged as the best at the national level’, he added.
He further encouraged Mathematics teachers to showcase their achievement and inputs in terms of innovative instructional materials.
A total of 13 teachers were presented with brand new cars by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the last award.
They are Mrs. Ovinuyon Buhari of Gbagada Comprehensive Junior High School; Mr. Adesola Akindele of Lagos State Girls Junior Model College, Ikorodu; Salmot Obiwumi of Wahab Folawiyo Junior High School, Eti Osa; Mr. Temitope Gbadamosi of Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Junior High School, Kosofe; Rebecca Oyinloye of Amuwo Odofin Nursery and Primary School, and Mrs. Abosede Padonu-Daniel of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Eti Osa.
Others are Mr. Ekundayo Ajiborisade of Clementina Ajigbeda Memorial Girls Nursery and Primary School, Surulere; Mr. Joshua Olasehinde of State Universal Basic Education Board, Eti Osa; Mrs. Tawakalitu Akinleye of King Ado Senior High School, Lagos Island; Mr. Oluwaseun Balogun of Ilupeju Senior Grammar School, Mushin; Mr. Rasheed Odenike of Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo, and Mr. Tolulope Odusanya of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege.