Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I’ll donate my salary to retired teachers’-Oyo Guber Candidate Seyi Makinde

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said that if elected as the state governor in the next month election, he will donate his salary to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme in the state.During a town hall meeting with teachers from Saki-West, Saki-East, Atisbo, Oorelope and Irepo council areas of the state, Makinde said his decision was arrived at after considering the plight of retired teachers.He said, “I am fully aware of the plight of teachers, because my father was a retired school teacher. The pension scheme is the final hope of our teachers. It must, therefore, be important in our heart. I have decided to donate all my salary to the pension purse, if I am elected as governor of this state. Nothing is too small to offer our teachers because without them, we cannot stand where we are today.”Makinde also promised to pay retiring teachers as soon as they disengaged from service. Some of the teachers who responded thanked the billionaire businessman, while also expressing their fears over the future of the teaching profession.“We are happy with Mr. Makinde’s consideration for teachers. He has identified with our plight. Each day, I nurse the fear that one day, the teaching profession could go into extinction. This is because teachers have not had it good as other categories of workers. We train people to reach the height but we are often looked down on. That is why the youths no longer consider teaching as first option,” said the leader of the group, Isiaka Ibrahim.After the meeting with the teachers, the SDP governorship candidate also met the Okere-in-council, leaders of various communities in Oke-Ogun area of the state, members of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Saki.

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