Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, charged the 5,000 newly-recruited teachers and 700 non-teaching staff converted to teaching cadres to embrace professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
The governor, while speaking at the induction and training for the new teachers employed by the post-Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI), said the teachers’ appointments were based on merit.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that his administration would continue to train and retrain the teachers and give them all the necessary support needed for the success of their works.
He said: “I am sure that the majority of you got this appointment by merit. It is not because you know a Permanent Secretary or the governor or anybody. You applied, they called you for the test, you did the interview and you were successful.”
Makinde, who maintained that his administration would continue to put the interest of the state first, added that his administration had been expanding the economy of the state through different policies and programmes.
He charged the teachers to always put the interest of the state first in the discharge of their duties and see themselves as indispensable partners in the task of repositioning Oyo State and taking its people from poverty to prosperity.
Earlier, Chairman, Oyo State post-Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, said the support given to TESCOM by the governor helped the commission to achieve success in many areas.