Lawmakers seek improved welfare for teachers

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

The Nigerian government has been urged to take a holistic approach to deal with teachers’ welfare as measures to revive the country’s education sector.

Members House of Representatives made the call in a debate on motion presented to extol the contribution of teachers to the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria.

The debate was the outcome to a suggestion from Speaker Yakubu Dogara, urging members to ‘‘rub minds on challenges confronting the teaching profession in Nigeria, bearing in mind the presence of teachers who are currently members of the House.’’

Mr. Dogara in initiating the discussion threw the subject to Aishatu Jibrin Dukku, a teacher and a former minister of State for Education under President Umar Yar’adua to lead the debate.

Hajia Aishatu Dukku, while moving the motion said for any nation to develop, ‘‘its teachers must be well taken care of, to propel the education sector.’’

Members who contributed to the two hour tribute to teachers also advocated for collaboration between the executive and legislators to take the education sector to the global standard.

The House also stressed the need for legislation that would prioritise the development of education through increased professionalism of teachers as well as encouragement of the younger generation to show interest in the teaching profession.