Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised improved welfare packages to teachers in the state as internally generated revenue improves.
Governor Ahmed made the promise at the Teachers House, Ilorin, the state capital on the occasion of the 2016 World Teachers Day, with the theme “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status.”
The Governor pledged that teachers in the state would continue to enjoy better support from the government because teachers are important in the development of the society.
He noted that challenges facing teachers should be looked at from national perspective in order to get the required attention in proffering solutions to the problems.
Dr Ahmed attributed the inability to pay salaries across the country to age-long reliance on proceeds from oil, promising that better days are ahead in the state with the improved internally generated revenue.
He charged teachers in the state to help his government with relevant information with a view to identifying ghost teachers in the state.
Earlier in his address, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Musa Abubakar had expressed concern over the current economic challenges, saying that workers and Teachers in particular are the worst hit of the present economic crisis as 27 states could not pay teachers’ salary.
Comrade Abubakar urged the Federal Government to take over the responsibilities of funding primary education as the finance of the local government is over stressed and could not cope with such responsibilities.