Teachers who recently retired from the Edo State public school system have applauded Governor Godwin Obaseki on their swift transition from the state’s civil service to its pension payroll.
They gave the commendation during a solidarity visit to Governor Obaseki at the Government House, Benin City, Edo State.
Chairman, Newly Retired Teachers in Edo, Comrade Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe, said after they retired from the State Civil Service on 6th June 2019, the teachers were impressed with their immediate enrolment into the pension payroll, noting that the feat is the first of its kind in the country.
Comrade Iyalomhen said, “I commend you for matching words with action in repositioning the state’s education sector. We are ready as a group to continually give you our unflinching support to ensure that you succeed in governing Edo State.
In his response, Governor Obaseki said, “Enrolling you immediately in our pensions payroll and your pension payment is your right.” I am not sleeping over the issue of gratuity as we met N18 billion as pension arrears and by the grace of God, we have been paying the arrears. By my calculations before the end of next year, we would have finished the payment and then focus on your gratuity. After that, we will also look at the necessary harmonisation.”
“Any government that wants to take care of education must take care of teachers. We thank you for your support and commitment to the Edo-BEST programme as it would have been difficult to implement without your contributions. What was destroyed in 40 years cannot be fixed in three years, but for us, we have shown through our commitment and will, that we can fix it. We will push to ensure we achieve this.”