The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has directed the state Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, to include primary school teachers in the category of workers who will enjoy car and housing loans.
Mimiko gave this directive on Thursday, while addressing delegates to the 5th Quadrennial State Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ondo State wing, held at the Teachers’ House in Akure.
According to the governor who said the scheme would be tagged: “Primary School Loans Scheme”, said the new scheme would provide equal opportunity for primary school teachers like their counterparts in the service of the state government.
Mimiko, however, said that the scheme would be presented to the state executive council for ratification.
Mimiko promised that the running grants for schools will be given to various schools in the state simultaneously with teachers’ salaries.
While describing teachers as veritable custodians of the future of the country, the governor restated the determination of his government to provide conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and pupils.
Mimiko commended teachers in the state for sustaining the quality of education, in spite of the salary challenge facing the state, describing teachers as special people that should not be deprived of life-enhancing benefits.
He also congratulated the outgoing chairman of the NUT in the state, Comrade Ojo Fanimokun, on his achievements so far and urged the teachers to continue to discharge their duties efficiently.