Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised that his administration is committed to improve the welfare of teachers in the state and assured the stakeholders that the needed attention will be paid to the education sector.
Ambode gave the assurance at the 35th Convocation Ceremony of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin, Lagos, adding that the state government would give due attention to strengthening the capacity of Colleges of Education to train teachers.
Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule said teaching was a noble profession that should be encouraged and accorded the attention it requires.
“We can safely say the teaching profession holds the key to the realisation of the major goal of education, which is to drive and facilitate socio-economic and technological development. It is in recognition of this vital link that the strengthening of the capacity of our Colleges of Education to train good teachers will be given due attention,” he said.
He sought the support and co-operation of all stakeholders in tertiary institutions of learning to ensure industrial peace and harmony, urging them to embrace peaceful and non-disruptive means of resolving disputes on campuses.
“Dialogue and constructive engagement should always be explored instead of resorting to strikes, which have impacted negatively on academic programmes, but also on the quality of products of our tertiary institutions,” he said.
The governor promised to pay prompt attention to issues before they degenerate into industrial disputes, noting that peace and harmony would encourage a return to academic excellence on campuses.