BENIN—Edo State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, said that his government had no apology for sacking 836 teachers in the state.
He spoke on the heels of the disclosure by the leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, that he had promised to review the recent sack of the teachers, with a view to recalling those who were improperly sacked.
Oshiomhole, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said his administration was poised to sanitise and revitalise the education sector to produce students who would pass the Senior School Certificate Examinations without recourse to miracle centres, noting that the presence of some teachers that could not read, write or speak good English would not produce intelligent pupils.
He spoke in Auchi during the celebration of Allah at the 17th edition of Auchi Day, with the theme The Holy Qu’ran: Guidance for Mankind.
He said: “Some people are bellyaching that we sacked teachers. We have no apology for that. Some persons ought to have retired 10 years ago, but they reduced their ages in order to remain in the system. They have passed the age of 60 and are still in the system.”
He noted that many Nigerian leaders abandoned God and are pursuing wordly things, adding that the country needs leaders keen on moving it forward.
Otaru of Auchi, HRH Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, warned that the struggle for power and influence only for perpetuating stealing and killings, which brought the country on the verge of collapse was caused by the inordinate ambition of citizens.