Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti on Wednesday donated N50 million to public school teachers in the state.
He announced the donation at a rally held at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado-Ekiti as part of activities to commemorate the World Teachers’ Day in the state.
He explained that the donation was in recognition of the current feat by the state which had been adjudged first in the just released NECO results.
He ordered that the money be shared equally among all the teachers, irrespective of grade and status.
He also directed that the state Accountant General must make the share of the money available in each respective teacher’s personal account on or before Friday this week.
Fayose said the gesture was aimed at spurring the teachers for greater achievements in the years ahead and spur them for better performance.
The governor urged all the teachers to further ensure that their students performed well in both NECO and WAEC in subsequent years.
Aside the cash gift, two teachers, adjudged to be the best in the state in the out-going year at both secondary and primary schools, were given brand new KIA RIO cars each.
Jeje Thompson emerged as the Best Secondary school Teacher while Mrs Adesina Foluke Bosede emerged as the Best Primary School Teacher.
Two runners-up received N200,000 each, while the two teachers that came third got N100,000 each.
He said, “I am doing all of these because Ekiti’s name has been brought under world focus once again, and it is my wish that our current academic feat be repeated over and over again, after-all, to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Earlier, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) emphasised the importance of quality education as a prerequisite for the progress and development of any nation.
In his contribution, a former governor of old Ondo state, Amb. Bamidele Olumilua commended the strides so far recorded in the education sector under Fayose, urging him to maintain the tempo.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Kayode Akosile advised the government to pay adequate attention to the welfare of teachers as an incentive for greater feats.