Gov Willie Obiano has rewarded the overall best teacher in Nigeria, Mr Clement Okodo who is from Anambra state with a cash sum of N1m.
The governor announced this at the State Executive Council meeting at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka.
He also disclosed immediate promotion of the teacher in accordance with the promotions he recently approved for teachers and other Civil servants in the State.
Mr Okodo, a primary school teacher at the Central School, Abagana -Njikoka LGA who hails from Abatete in Idemili North LGA, bagged the award at the World Teachers’ Day celebration held in Abuja by the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Teachers(NUT).
The award organized under the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Awards saw the teacher get a brand new Nissan car as the star prize for the first position.
Gov Obiano, at the ceremony also bagged the honour as the most education-friendly governor in Nigeria after a thorough survey of the inputs of all governors in the country in the education sector.
He was represented by Commissioner for Education,Prof Kate Omenugha.
Receiving the award, the Governor said his administration will be sending 60 teachers overseas for training next year under the ‘train the trainer’ initiative aimed at ensuring that Anambra teachers keep pace with modern practices in the profession.
He listed some of the various initiatives his administration had introduced in education sector that guaranteed the state an enviable position in the country. Notable among which were the ICT training for teachers, additional pay for teachers in remote areas,etc
Congratulating Mr Okodo for making the state proud, Gov Obiano said his administration would continue to support teachers to be at their best, urging them to remain focused on ensuring that Anambra students remain the best in the country.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof Omenugha acknowledged that the awards which the governor, teachers, students and pupils in the state have been winning in Education bear eloquent testimony to the huge investments the present administration is making to improve the quality of education in the state and said the State education family is committed to driving the laudable vision of the governor to reposition the sector in the state.
Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Nzemeka Olisa noted that the award would act as a springboard for other teachers to push through excellence towards achieving their educational objectives.
Mr Okodo attributed the achievement to hard work and the immense support of the present administration through various training packages that teachers benefited from and assured that the reward will spur him to achieve more for the state.
Gov Obiano was presented with the award received on his behalf by Prof Omenugha.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu