22nd August, 2011
The Jagboju of Irele Kingdom in Ondo, High Chief Adeolu Aroloye, has called for an improved standard of living for teachers nationwide.
Aroloye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Irele, Ondo State, that improving teachersâ€™ standard of living would help in national development.
He said that â€œin spite of the enormous and frivolous allocations enjoyed by politicians, government has failed to realise that teachers also deserve a part of the national cake.â€
Aroloye added that teachers at the local government level should be seen as equal to teachers at the Federal Government level.
â€œTeachers in primary schools with the required qualification should be allowed to enjoy what their counterparts in secondary schools with same qualification enjoy, as they are both seen as professional teachers,â€ he said.
The traditional ruler commended the Ondo State Government for paying the benefits of teachers who retired in 2009 in both primary and secondary schools, but complained that those who retired in 2010 had yet to be paid.
â€œAs they have paid the 2009 retirees, let them also pay teachers who retired in 2010 because most of them are dying in silence.â€
The Jagboju, a retired teacher and former deputy Chairman of the Ondo State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, urged the Federal Government to redouble its efforts towards improving the standard of education in the country.