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By: Ade Adeleke
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In fulfillment of his earlier promise and history making movement today, as the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, flagged off disbursement of car loans for primary school teachers across the state, with a directive to the local government loans Board to stop collecting N6,000 form charges from primary school teachers and local government workers.
Ondo State government car loan for primary school teachers is a one digit interest loan in which cheques of 47.6 million naira were disbursed.
At the distribution of cheques to beneficiaries of the primary school teachers’ loan held at Government House Ground Akure, Akeredolu said it was an injustice for the local government loans board to be collecting form charges from primary school teachers on car loans while other workers and secondary school teachers were not being surcharged before obtaining car loans in the state.
The governor who said the order should be effected immediately at the local government loans board, said the car loan scheme was part of deliberate steps by his administration to enhance welfare of primary school teachers.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole had earlier asked the governor to stop collection of loan form charger of #6,000 that was being collected from benefitting primary school teachers.
Also, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Victor Amoko, had described the disbursement of the loans to the primary school teachers as historic and watershed as it was the first time in the south west zone that primary school teachers would be considered for such scheme.
Akeredolu, who thanked the workers in the state for their understanding and support, assured that his administration would ensure more workers and teachers benefit from such welfare packages when the state finance improves.
Akeredolu who explained that the opportunity would be spread once the State’s purse became buoyant, cautioned relevant government’s agencies against every form of abuse and corrupt practices in the disbursement of the car loans and pension payment.
The governor also noted that arrangements had been made to employ more teachers as soon as possible to complement massive rehabilitation and reconstruction of classrooms in the state.
Appreciating Governor Akeredolu for the gesture, the state NLC chairman, Comrade Adeleye Oluwole and a beneficiary, Mr Willie Famuwagun described the step as the first since the creation of the state in 1976
Also speaking, the state NUT chairman, comrade Victor Amoko who also commended governor Akeredolu for the rare privilege, encouraged the beneficial primary school teachers to maximise the money for better economic advantage and educational advancement.
Amoko said, “It is indeed an honour and a very rare ‘privilegeto stand here today witnessing history being made and the fulfilment of a long awaited dream.
“Your Excellency, this is a watershed in that you have succeeded in recording a very novel and another unprecedented loud first in workers welfare especially to the Teachers in the Primary Schools here in our Sunshine State.
“With every sense of humility, Sir, this is the very first time since the ereation of Ondo State that Teachers in Primary School will’ have access to Car Loan from any Government via a Loan Revolving scheme. Mr. Governor, On behalf of the Teachers, I say, very big thank you,” Amoko said.
The NUT National President was represented by a national officer of the Union and former Ondo state Chairman of NLC, Comrade M.M. Braimoh