Ambode approves employment of 1,000 teachers in Lagos

Ambode approves employment of 1,000 teachers in Lagos

- Lagos state government has said that it has begun the recruitment of 1,000 teachers

- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who made the announcement on Wednesday, July 25, also said that more teachers will be employed if the need comes up

- He urged the federal government to revive the ports in other states of the federation so as to get rid of the traffic congestion in the Apapa area of the state

The Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has made public the government's commencement of the recruitment of not less than 1,000 teachers.

Ambode announced this at the third quarter town hall meeting, the 12th in the series, at the Community Primary School, Iberekodo in the Ibeju Lekki local government area of the state on Wednesday, July 25, Punch reports.

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The governor, who also directed that Michael Ogunyemi, a physically-challenged resident and graduate of computer studies, be recruited from Wednesday, August 1, stated that “more teachers will be recruited as the need arises.”

Ambode called on the federal government to revive the ports in other states of the federation in order to solve the mind-troubling traffic congestion in the Apapa area of Lagos, adding that apart from getting other ports up and running, the issue of tankers queuing up to lift petroleum products from tank farms in Apapa was also a critical issue.

He said: “This issue has become perennial and in the last six years, it has always been there. It comes and goes, but the challenge is to be able to find a permanent solution. We believe strongly that every layer of government should collaborate to resolve this Apapa crisis.”

The governor further stated that oil pipelines should be revived to stop the trend of thousands of trucks coming from other parts of the country to lift petroleum products from Apapa.

Amode said: “It is bad that we still use truck to lift petroleum products from Apapa to other parts of the country. As it is now, other ports in Nigeria must begin to work immediately to decongest gridlock in Lagos; what has led to the use of trucks to lift fuel, which is vandalism of pipelines, should be addressed immediately.

“We believe that this will allow the roads to become free. We don’t need to continuously use taxpayers’ money to build roads that will be destroyed by tankers.”

He expressed concern about the approval for the development of tank farms in the Ijegun area of Lagos, stating that tank farms should be located in areas that were less populated.

He remarked: “We don’t need tank farms within Lagos metropolis anymore. There are 68 tank farms in Apapa alone. Beyond Apapa, they have approved tank farms in Ijegun and that is where we have a huge population.”

“Our promise from the beginning was that we are going to give you a government of inclusion and it’s very clear that we are on track. When we look at our scorecard, which is to keep Lagos on a trajectory of growth and development, we are on that track.”

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Ambode also said the construction of the Epe Airport and reconstruction of the coastal road were on course, adding that the 27 network of roads in Ojokoro, Ayinke House, among other projects would be concluded in no time.

Meanwhile, reported that the Lagos state government said it was not obliged to retain teachers posted to the state under the ongoing N-Power programme of the presidency.

Obafela Bank-Olemoh, special adviser to state governor on education, made the declaration in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, July 24.

Bank-Olemoh said: “We have made it clear from the very beginning that in the N-Power programme, we are not obliged to employ anybody. They are there and when that programme is finished, they are eased out. The governor has given us a clear mandate that as teachers retire from the system, we replace them immediately."

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