Ekiti State Celebrates World Teachers’ Day with N33 Million Cash Awards

Ekiti State marked the 2023 World Teachers’ Day on Thursday by honouring its outstanding teachers with cash awards totaling N33 million. The state governor, Biodun Oyebanji, praised the teachers for their sacrifice and dedication to duty and reiterated his commitment to improving the quality of education in the state.

The governor also highlighted the global issue of teacher shortages and revealed that his administration has taken action by hiring 2,000 teachers. This recruitment effort includes 1,500 teachers for primary schools and 500 for secondary schools.

The cash awards were given to teachers in various categories, such as best teacher, best administrator, best private school teacher, and teacher hero. The highest awards of N5 million each went to Mrs. Adenike Osanranmaye and Mrs. Tolulope Owoseni, who emerged as the best teachers in the primary and secondary school categories, respectively.

Another notable recipient was Mr. Olajide Idowu Adetokunbo, who bravely escaped from kidnappers and returned to rescue other victims. He was honoured with the prestigious Teacher Hero Award and a sum of N1 million.

Other teachers received various cash awards ranging from N100,000 to N2 million in different local government areas in the state. The governor also announced that the state government would sponsor some of the awardees to attend international conferences and workshops.

World Teachers’ Day is an annual event held on October 5 to celebrate the work of teachers worldwide and recognise their pivotal role in transforming education and shaping the future of students.

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