The chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Rivers State chapter, Sir Lucky Dumnata Mkpogene says the celebration of the 2020 World Teachers today will not affect the resumption of schools as ordered by the state government.
Sir Mkpogene stated this while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt.
He disclosed that the state wing of the NUT has selected only sixty members comprising local government round chairmen and state officials to mark the day on behalf of others so as not to disrupt the resumption of schools in the state.
“The union decided to respect government policy to the opening of schools on Monday 5th which concise with our world teachers day, by asking and advising our teachers to go to school, be on their duty post.
“Only those that have been chosen in the 23 local government chairmen of the union, the state officers which gives the number to about 50 and 10 that will be going to represent Rivers State in Abuja are the people that the union will stand for, for not being on duty post on Monday. And these people will celebrate on behalf of the numerous number of teachers in Rivers State”
He appealed to teachers to resume accordingly as the union will not protect any teacher outside the chosen number for state celebration and an additional 10 to represent the state in Abuja.
The state NUT boss enjoined all teachers to resume with a sense of pride, confidence. Describing the teaching profession as a noble one, he said this year’s celebration has as it’s theme ” Teachers Leading in Crisis, Re-imagining the future” which according to him is aimed at drawing attention to the invaluable contribution of teachers to societal development.
He appealed to government to provide the needed infrastructure and incentive to motivate teachers to attain greater productivity
“Our appeal to government is that government should ensure the inclusive and equitable quality of education and to promote right opportunity for all which can not be achieved without the engagement of well trained, empowered and motivated teachers”