By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In spite of the dwindling Federal Government allocation to Osun State, the state government has restated its determination not to sack or retrench any worker in the state’s public sector.
The Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration maintained that it would rather concentrate on training and retraining all categories of its workers in its service for effecient results.
The state’s Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, noted this while declaring open a ‘Train-the-Trainers’ workshop with the theme: Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) organized for some selected public school teachers in the state by the Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in conjunction with Nestle Nigeria Limited and Starbright Nigeria Limited.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori, who said the state government has placed teachers’ welfare among its firstline charges, noted that prompt payment of workers’ salary remains the hallmark of the present administration in the state adding that the state government will on its oars in providing infrastructure and teaching aids in schools.
Describing teachers as moulders of the future, the state Deputy Governor applauded their efforts saying their efforts have impacted positively on students in the state public schools which now rank among the best in the country.
In his welcome address, the state’s Chairman of SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the board, Mr. Fatai Kolawole, commended efforts of the state government in uplifting the standard of education in the state.
Kolawole also urged participants to make good use of opportunities provided in the workshop to their best advantage saying the workshop will go a long way in making them better teachers in their respective schools and good motivators to their colleagues and students.
In his key note address, Nestle’s Country Business Manager, Mr. Adewale Ojo, said the significant role of water in the life of man was second to none which necessitated NestlÃ© to accord high priority to water treatment and preservation in the Nigeria.
Ojo said steps had been taking to make safe water available to Nigerians together with training of teachers on water treatment across the nation.
A considerable number of teachers are participated in the workshop.