The Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu says his administration is committed to the implementation of a new retirement age of sixty-five years or forty years in service for teachers with effect from December this year.
Governor Ikpeazu who stated this during the 2022 World Teacher’s Day celebration held at the Abia State Teacher’s House, Ogurube layout, Umuahia further announced that government has equally reviewed the retirement age of University Teachers and assured that this new policy will help retain seasonal teachers and enable the transmission of knowledge through experience and mentorship of upcoming teachers.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu reassured that the present administration will continue to redouble efforts to see to the welfare of Abia teachers in terms of payment of salaries and other emoluments as well as give robust motivation to teachers to enhance exemplary performance and charged teachers to ensure that Abia State retains its prime position in WASCE and other Examinations.
He described this year’s theme “The Transformation Of Education Begins With Teachers” as very apt and significant, given the strategic and critical roles teachers play in nation- building and development as well as their tireless efforts and commitments as basic molders of characters of children.
In his remarks, the PDP Governorship Candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne represented by his Deputy, Sir Okey Igwe reiterated that the role of teachers in society cannot be overemphasized and assured that the incoming government will continue to make welfare of teachers in the State a priority.
In their address, the Chairman on the occasion and Commissioner for Post Basic Education, Chief I.C Mark and his Basic Education Counterpart, Chief Ukwu Rocks Emma said teachers are great people that should be celebrated and reassured that government is working assiduously to ensure that problems confronting teachers are tackled in no distant time.
In his address earlier, the State Chairman National Union of Teachers, Chief Dimanochie Uwabunkeonye pointed out that the World Teacher’s Day celebration provides them the opportunity to re-echo their call for teachers to be provided with conducive environment for teaching and learning and appealed to government to address the vexing issues of non payment of arrears of salaries, lack of promotions among other incentives to teachers.
Our Government House Correspondent, Mercy Kalu reports that the event which featured the presentation and redeeming of pledges of 2020 beneficiaries of car awards won by teachers from each Senatorial Zones of the State during the last year’s Teacher’s Day celebration by the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu attracted the presence of Top Government Officials, Traditional Rulers and stakeholders in the education sector.