Gov. Abiodun Recalls Retired NUT Chairman Into Active Service ~ NEWSEXTRA - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE


Saturday, 5 October 2019

Gov. Abiodun Recalls Retired NUT Chairman Into Active Service ~ NEWSEXTRA

ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Saturday approved the immediate reinstatement of two teachers sacked by the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Governor Abiodun who gave the order while speaking at the 2019 World Teachers' Day celebration, said, the decision was in line with his administration's resolve to be just and fair to all.

The theme of the event was, "Young teachers: the future of the profession".

The affected teachers, Dare Ilekoya and Olusanjo Majekodunmi were dismissed by Amosun's administration over various allegations.

Ilekoya, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), was sacked along side 14 others over for allegedly engaging in political activities and insulting the government of Amosun, during the 2016 World Teachers' Day celebration.

Majekodunmi, a teacher with Mayflower school, Ikenne, was sacked in 2015, for allegedly setting an "offensive" English language question for the Senior Secondary School students of the State.

The dismissal of the teachers were later converted to compulsory retirement after the intervention of well meaning Nigerians, including former President Okusegun Obasanjo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwunsi.

But the crowd of teachers erupted into wild jubilation immediately Governor Abiodun announced the reinstatement of the affected teachers.

The Governor said, "I approve the immediate reinstatement of Messrs. Olusanjo Majekodunmi and Oludare Ilekoya back to service from their compulsory retirement over the 2015 English Language examination question and 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration respectively.

"This gesture is not only to encourage our teachers. It is dictated by natural justice, and it is the right thing to do. We believe in the adage that to err is human and to forgive is divine."

"I wish to reiterate that this Administration’s commitment to the principles of equity, fairness, justice, and inclusiveness is neither a vote-catching phrase nor a populist sound bite.  Besides,

"I urge all our public servants to observe professional ethos and avoid any conduct that is not in tandem with public service rules at all times."

"It is my hope that this gesture will be reciprocated with increased commitment to duty and that appropriate lessons have been learnt", Governor Abiodun said.

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