Teachers Day: I got plenty strokes as a pupil, says UmahiUmahi







Addressing the teachers, Umahi said he was very
fortunate to have one of his teachers present at the
event.

He said: “I am fortunate to have one of my teachers
still alive

The love for
teachers in
nation
building was
demonstrated in fullness at the Abakaliki Township
Stadium on Monday as the Governor of Ebonyi State,
Engr.David Umahi, was physically present to take
teachers salute during this year’s Teachers Day
celebration.

Addressing the teachers, Umahi said he was very
fortunate to have one of his teachers present at the
event.

He said: “I am fortunate to have one of my teachers
still alive.

“That is Mrs. Franca Egwu, who is now the secretary
of our state’s Secondary Education Board.

“She was very hard when it came to discipline.

“I got plenty of strokes of the cane from her.
“But today, I am very happy.


“By the special grace of God, I was able to measure
up in the strata of life I found myself.”


Before Umahi spoke, the teachers condemned alleged
discrepancies and irregularities that characterised the
payment of their salaries.

They said the discrepancies were an ill wind that
undermines the efforts of the state government in the
realisation of its policy on education and the agonies
of their families.

Their chairman in the state, Comrade Joseph Nweke,
called on the state government to urgently address the
matter.

Newke noted that there were disparities in the salaries
paid to teachers in the month of February, May and
June this year, which he described as worrisome.

Nweke also condemned the non-implementation of the
27.5 per cent Teachers Enhancement Allowance by
the state government and the non-payment of
September 2011 salaries owed secondary school
teachers.

He said: “It is embarrassing that these salaries are still
withheld even when other workers in the state civil and
public service have been paid as far back as April,
2015.”

But Umahi, who described teachers as very important
in child upbringing and nation building, promised to
tackle their problems.

He said there should be no reason for salary
discrepancies in the state civil and public service.

The governor consequently set up a committee to
investigate the non-payment of the September 2011
teachers salaries and directed the committee to report
back to him within 10 days.

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