The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), has recognized outstanding leadership qualities of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, with the conferment of a Merit Award of Excellence on him.

National President of the association,  Alhaji Abimbola Omojola, while leading other members of the association to confer the award on the governor, explained that he was honoured in recognition and appreciation of his performance as an education loving governor.

The Association also named Akeredolu, the All Nigeria Parents Best Performing Governor in Education.

He was equally made the Grand Patron of the Association in the Sunshine State, as well as Senior Advocate of the Masses.

Highlighting the Governor’s scorecard which he said earned him the Merit Award of  Excellence, the state NAPTAN Chairman said despite the financial instability and economic crunch, Governor Akeredolu recruited 1,200 teachers in public primary schools, which he noted was hitherto left unattended to for over a decade.

He said the association was also happy about the Education Summit which was organized by the State Government in the early part of the present administration in the state, after clamouring for such for years.

The scorecard also included the , “Payment of N360 Million for the registration of 2021 West African Senior Secondary Certification Examination (WASSCE) of candidates in all public Secondary schools in the state, payment of N3.8 Million for the registration of candidates in all Government Technical Colleges for the 2021 NABTEB Examination, provision of science equipment and mathematics training kits with N90 Million for public secondary schools in the State and payment of bursary and scholarship awards to 7,447 students of Ondo State origin in tertiary Institution across the country.

The Governor’s achievements in the education sector,  also includes the, “Purchase of over N150 million textbooks and other instructional materials for distribution across public secondary schools on the current administration, appointment of Principals as Tutor-Generals, regular promotion of teachers and payment of salaries,  sponsorship of students for both national and international competitions where Ondo State contingents brought laurels by winning presidential awards.

The commendable performance includes, “Increased in budgetary allocation to the education sector more than ever before,  construction, renovation and perimeter fencing of over 700 schools with geographical spread in the nooks and crannies of the 18 local governments of the state, among others.”

Responding, Governor Akeredolu stated that at inception, his administration was more than convinced that the infrastructure in public primary schools in the state were totally ruined,  noting, that construction and renovation of over 700 public primary schools in the state was to create a conducive environment for the pupils.

“When we came into office, we met seven months salary arrears. We took it upon ourselves. We paid six including that of teachers. Before COVID-19 and its attendant effects which led to revenue shortfall, we were paying regularly. I believe that non-regular payment of salary will soon be a thing of the past.”

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