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Obi: teachers are invaluable

 

VICE Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has described teachers’ roles and contributions to education system as invaluable.

Obi, while commemorating the International Teachers Day 2020, with the theme: “Teachers leading in crisis, reimagining the future”, said the sector would be incomplete without teachers.

“We cannot over emphasise the role of teachers in nation building through their contributions to education, which has remained a very powerful tool in the war against poverty. It is my desire today to celebrate them and their noble profession,” Obi said.

He lamented the lack of attention to the education sector, which he said, had continued to result in poor teachers’ welfare.

Recounting his experiences while in school, Obi said teachers used to be more influential and well respected in the society in contrast to what is obtainable today.

“I remember how better off and well taken care of my teachers were back in the days, which is in sharp contrast to what we see today. As an undergraduate back then in University of Nigeria, Nsukka, I placed an order for a vehicle, but it will surprise you to know that my order was delayed because the auto dealer wanted to fulfill the vehicle orders of teachers first. Today, I wonder how many teachers can still afford to buy cars. Our education sector needs urgent attention and teachers welfare need to be priotised due to the role they play,” Obi explained.

He urged teachers across the nation to remain dedicated in their duties and continue to raise educated citizens.

Obi urged the youth to take on the profession and contribute to nation building.

 

Source: thenationonlineng.net