The Education Secretary (ES) Local Education Authority, Ika North East Local Government Area, Hon. Christopher Ekamagule has praised the efforts of the retired head teachers in his jurisdiction as the area Association of Primary School Head-teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) holds send-forth on their honour.
According to the ES, “The retired head-teachers records of service have shown that they have performed very well and I am proud of them for the fact that none of them was found wanting.
“Every teacher should be proud to be teacher because teaching profession remains the mother of all profession. A teacher is never tired of teaching; retirement is a reward for every serving worker at the completion of their service year duration.
Workers who are opportune to attain retirement should rejoice and thank God for the privilege. Today is special day in the life of the retired head-teachers and I congratulate them on their retirement.
Hon. Ekamagule who specially took time to eulogize the outgone AOPSHON chairman, Comrade Bridget Ngozi Igbedion for her dedication and wealth of knowledge, described her as a role model that every head-teacher should to emulate.
He encourage all that whatsoever one does should leave a good legacy to remembered for.
Earlier in her address, the Chairman of AOPSHON, Ika North East LGA, Comrade Mrs. Kate Isioma Onuoma thank God for preserving the lives of the retirees to work to retirement hale and hearty. She on behalf of the head-teachers congratulated them on their successful retirement from the noble teaching profession.
Comrade Onuoma remarked that the gathering was to celebrate the retired head-teachers for their immense contributions to the development of education sector, especially the school children and the society at large. She wished them a happy retirement and God’s blessings.
Responding, the Chief Inspector of Education, Ika North East LGA, Mrs. Sorokwu Juliet stated that retirement is a dream and prayer for every civil servant. She bemoaned that teaching profession is losing its strength for the fact that some teachers are not committed to their duties, while admonishing head-teachers to learn to be fathers and mothers to children under their care and also emulate the leadership qualities of outstanding retired head-teachers to be able to manage their schools.
The Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Local Education Authority (LEA), Ika North East, Comrade C.C Eyomosah, on her part, said she is happy to share in the joy of the retirees and lauded their efforts, which according to her will continue to speak on their behalf.
The Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ika North East, Comrade John Onwubuya and the Accountant LEA, Mr. Andrew Isiwekpeni respectively thumped up for the retirees on their meritorious service to the nation and prayed God to continue to keep them alive to reap the fruits of their labour.
In appreciation, Comrade Igbedion on behalf of the retirees thanked all who have shared in their joy. According to her, “I return all glory to God for keeping alive to see this day. It’s being God all the way since the date of our appointment as teachers.
Continuing, she decreed that retirement is not curse but to be enjoyed and that there is nothing to fear for. She enjoined the serving head-teachers to continue to put their best efforts to write their names in gold on completion of service year.
Former Ika North East AOPSHON Chairman, Comr. Igbedion flanked by Ekamagule, Onuoma, Eyimosa, others
Cross section of the retirees
Some executive members of AOPSHON, Ika North East Chapter