The Special Adviser to Kogi Governor on Education, Science and Technology, Dr Gabriel Ottah, has urged teachers and students to be hardworking and disciplined in their various positions in the course of discharging their duties.
Ottah made the call while addressing teachers and students in some secondary schools in Lokoja as part of activities to mark the ”World Teachers’ Day 2020”.
Ottah noted that students who studied very hard would excel, and on the other hand, a student who failed to study would not excel and would not be a source of joy to teachers and parents.
He, therefore admonished students to take their studies seriously through regular attendance of classes, doing assignments and reading for examinations.
According to Ottah, the relevance of the Day is a day for students to appreciate their teachers at all levels, and for teachers to demonstrate pride in the profession and use the time to advance their cause before government.
The special adviser added that the Day also provided an avenue for governments to listen to teachers, while assuring teachers of government’s readiness to improve their welfare.
Ottah took time out to demonstrate the teaching of subjects relevant to his area of study such as English Language and Literature in English.
In their separate remarks, the Principals of Crowther Memorial College, Mrs Mabel Ogunmola; Bishop Delisle College, Mary Yomi Bola- Boro, and Baptist High school, Mrs Victoria Olaleye, praised the Governor for appointing a core edicationist into the Ministry of Education.
They also commended the special adviser for marking the Teacher’s Day in an innovative way, while pledging their continued support for government.
Some of the students who spoke on the visit and teaching by the SA, expressed joy for the privilege to meet him in person, having heard his voice on radio during the lockdown radio teaching programme in the state.
Highlight of the visit was a question and answer session between Dr Ottah and the students.
World Teachers Day is marked every October 5, to recognise and appreciate the role of teachers in shaping society.