By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
As Ogun state joined the rest of the world to mark 2019 Teachers’ Day, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun has approved the immediate reinstatement of two teachers sacked by the administration of his predecessor in office, Ibikunle Amosun.
The affected teachers included the former state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Dare Ilekoya as well as one of the state’s examiners from the Mayflower School, Ikenne, Olusanjo Majekodunmi.
While the state NUT chairman, Ikejoya was sacked on the ground of inviting opposition politicians to the year 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration, Amosun’s administration also sacked Majekodunmi on the ground of preparing what it termed as “offensive” English Language examination questions for the third term academic session of the state’s unified examination in public schools.
But addressing the teachers who had thronged the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, venue of this year’s Teachers’ celebration, Abiodun explained that recalling the two was part of his administration’s gesture, not only to encourage the teachers, but also as dictated by natural justice “and it is the right thing to do.
“Besides, we believe in the adage that to err is human and to forgive is divine. It is in the light of this that I approve the immediate reinstatement of Messrs. Olusanjo Majekodunmi and Oludare Ilekoya back to service from their compulsory retirement over the 2015 English Language examination question and 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration respectively”.
Speaking further at the event, themed: “Young Teachers: The Future Of The Professional”, the governor urged teachers and other public servants in the state to always abide by the professional ethos and avoid conducts that are not in tandem with public service rules.
“I concede that unionism is a part of the fundamental rights of workers, but let me use this opportunity to charge all our labour unions and associations to always show understanding in your agitations as no meaningful results can be achieved in an atmosphere of rancor and discord.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on all of you to join hands with our administration to actualize the Building our Future Together Agenda. I believe that the noble profession of teachers and other workers are key to translating our vision and mission into reality.
“On our own part, we can assure you of our continued prompt attention to issues bordering on your welfare and constant interventions to take the education sector to a greater height.
“We will not only continue to incorporate our teachers as critical stakeholders in nation building, but also continue to ensure that teachers have the necessary ambience and support of our administration for an efficient services delivery to the benefit of our children and the glory of our dear state”.