By Jon Egie





Rt Hon Oborevwori addressing the teachers during the rally.

Rt Hon Oborevwori addressing the teachers during the rally.

A beacon of hope has been lit for primary school teachers in Delta State as the Speaker of the DTHA, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has assured that the DTSG would soon marshal out modalities to ameliorate their sufferings.

The Speaker gave the assurance, Wednesday while addressing members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), during a nationwide mega rally which rolled to the gates of the State Assembly Complex.

The Speaker refuted allegations that the DTSG was indifferent to the plight of primary school teachers in the State pledging that the State legislature would give all necessary support for the actualization of the quest for autonomy by the teachers.

Rt Hon. Oborevwori who broke security protocol by opening the gates of the State Assembly Complex to join the teachers at the rally, said no good government turn deaf ears to the issues confronting its people and stressed that the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led government was aware of the plight of the people and would address the issues that are within his jurisdiction.

Earlier, while presenting their issues, State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe called on the state legislature to ensure that the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries be taken over by the state governments in order to prevent the education sub sector from imminent collapse.

He observed that primary school teachers were being owed salaries for months in a number of states across the country, Delta State inclusive,  adding that the situation not only affected the survival of teachers, but portends great danger for the future of  under privileged children in the country.

Comrade Jemirieyigbe commended the Speaker for his humility and stated that the NUT was not opposed to Local Government autonomy but that the Union was concerned about the likelihood of scrapping the State Joint Local Government Account which would mean taking primary education back to the dark pre-1994 era.

According to him, the Local Governments neither have the capacity nor the political will to fund and manage primary schools in the country and hence any attempt to lay the responsibility on them would tantamount to consigning primary education to the abyss of total collapse.

DTHA passes two bills

Meanwhile, the House has passed two bills: Delta State Public Occupational Safety Bill (2017) and Delta State Manufacturing and Use of Deep Canoes Regulation Bill (2017).

The bills were passed on Wednesday, July 5 after adopting reports on a bill for the establishment of Delta State Sickle Cell Centre.

Hon Angela Nwaka, Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere, Hon Anthony Elekeokwui and Hon Okagbare Uviejitobor moved and seconded motions for the adoption of the report and passage of the two bills respectively.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the adhoc committee, Hon Alphonsus Ojo said the committee in order to present a bill that would meet the aspirations of both Deltans and non Deltans who are victims of the ravaging Sickle Cell Disease, expanded the spectrum of coverage by overhauling the entire bill to be in line with present best practice in health management in areas of control, prevention and management of sickle cell.

Hon Ojo said in achieving the goals, the committee undertook a thorough consultation with relevant stakeholders including professional bodies, within and outside the state, working visit to major sickle cell Centres and establishments, collations of memoranda from relevant group, NGOs and Ministry of Health, Delta State.

The Committee, however, proposed, after a careful scrutiny of the relevant materials, that certain amendments be made as contained in annexure 1, indicating deletions and insertions.

The bill was slated for Committee of the House and third reading on Tuesday 12, July, 2017