As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the Teachers ‎Day today, Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] in the Ondo November election, Eyitayo Jegede [SAN] has promised teachers in the state of improved packages and better working environment to sustain present gains in the sector.

Jegede who gave the assurance while meeting with teachers in Owo local government Area of the state said they deserved the right incentives as key determinants of government’s investment in the education sector.

He noted that  hard times never last which is why he was in the race to deepen purposeful governance that would translate to better working conditions for teachers alongside other civil servants and those in the informal sector.

He said he is unequivocally committed to rejigging the state’s economy that will guarantee abundant job opportunities for the teeming youths, especially by using the public private partnership approach.

There was a time in this state that the present government paid extra 13th month allowance because there was money.  Unfortunately, things have changed now because the economy is bad. This is why I am in the race for this election. I have said it on a number of occasions that the economy is our focus because when the economy is  vibrant, we will have money to pay workers salaries, build infrastructure, take care of teachers and motivate them to be viable partners in making our state a template for sound education.

Jegede equally solicited their massive votes in the November election with assurances that they will always get their entitlement at and when due when elected.

Speaking on behalf of the teachers, Pastor Oladipe Adetifa called for recruitment of more teachers, creation of separate pension board for primary school teachers and retraining to enhance the standard of teaching and learning.

Also speaking, Ondo State chairman of Parents Teachers Association, Chief Abimbola Omojola said plans have been concluded to mobilze teachers and parents to vote massively  for Jegede to guarantee continuity of more friendly policies for teachers.

It would be recalled that  Jegede at a meeting in akure with head teachers in all public primary schools across the state assured that recruitment of more teachers  will be one of his priorities when elected into office.