- A total of 1,000 teachers are to be engaged by the Akwa Ibom state government with immediate effect
- The decision was taken after the state government dedicated its council meeting to educational matters
- Experts say the move will also create jobs for the people of the state
Governor Udom Emmanuel has given directives for the immediate employment of 1000 teachers to shore up the manpower in secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state.
According to a press statement issued by the Akwa Ibom state government and seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, November 26, the governor also ordered the release of the 2019 teachers' promotion interview results.
The decisions were part of the resolutions of a special State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, dedicated to education and ancillary matters, at Government House, Uyo on Wednesday, November 25.
The move is said to be in tune with the employment of 3500 teachers previously undertaken by the administration which is an ongoing process based on needs.
The state commissioner for information, Mr. Iniobong Ememobong, who briefed journalists attached to Government House, Uyo after the meeting, added that the EXCO also considered a report on the state of primary education.
Subsequently, the government set the first quarter of 2021 as the deadline to complete its ongoing interventions in 159 primary schools across the state.
Experts say the recruitment of more teachers in Akwa Ibom is also part of the state government's move to create more jobs.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently reinstated 403 workers earlier sacked following a government investigation into an illegal recruitment scandal that rocked the State Local Government Service Commission in 2019 as part of moves to boost employment.
Three months ago, a foremost sociopolitical group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), commended Governor Emmanuel for creating an array of job opportunities through public-private partnerships, business support schemes, and agricultural programmes in the state.
The group said in a statement seen by Legit.ng:
“So far, more than 18 industries are operating or would soon begin operation in the state, including the Jubilee Syringe factory, King Size Flour Mill, Metering Solutions Company, Ibom Agricon Rice Mill, St. Gabriel Coconut factory, Ibom Airlines, and others.”
The AILM also noted that since the Akwa Ibom government started its industrialisation drive, the state has become a hot spot for employment seekers from all over Nigeria.
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Source: Legit Nigeria