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By Odaa Opuo.

The President's Award 2017, Anambra state is adjudged as the best in teaching profession in Nigeria today at Eagle Square, Abuja at World Teachers Day Celebration. This is as a result of the motivation, support and the enabling environment created by His Excellency Chief Dr Willie M. Obiano.

A teacher at Central School Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra by name Mr Okodo Clement Nwoye is the best teacher in Nigeria. This is a clear evidence of the direction and purposeful leadership provided in Anambra state governor His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie M. Obiano.

At the inception of his administration, Chief Obiano who is a son of a teacher made it clear that all the civil servants in the state would experience the best and worthy life through his tenure. This is why he made salary and allowance payments as his fundamental tool to fight economic recession in the state. While teachers and the civil servants in other states moan under severe hardships, Anambra workers are praising God Almighty for giving them Chief Obiano as their governor. Not only that Chief Obiano increased their salaries by 15% in 2015, he has also announce another increase come January 2018. There is ongoing promotion exercise for teachers and other civil servants in Anambra state. This is a huge motivation for teachers and other civil servants to put in their bests in the service. These good tidings never happened during the past administrations.

It did not just stop here, His Excellency Chief Obiano introduced BUSH ALLOWANCE for teachers in the hinterlands. He equally introduced allowances for teachers who handle mathematics, sciences and Igbo language which never happened in the state.  

In other states like Kogi, Benue, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Abia, Bayelsa, Jigawa, zamfara etc the stories are very pathetic. The salaries of teachers are not paid even up to 15 months. Yet, these states collected bail out funds 1 & 2. They collected all manner of bank overdrafts, loans and bonds. They have also received Paris Club Refunds running into tens of billions, yet they refused to pay teachers salaries not to talk of allowances. Anambra teachers are doing well because they are not hungry. Anambra teachers even receive Christmas Rice during Christmas which had never been done since the creation of the state.

Therefore, all the teachers in Anambra state as well as the civil servants call on the citizens of the state to come out en masse to vote Chief Willie Obiano for a second term in office. This will enable him consolidate and complete all the good works he is doing in the state.


Odaa writes from Eagle Square, Abuja.

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