Nnamani blames destructive criticisms on elite
March 16, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has blamed the recent resurgence of destructive criticisms against his administration of the state on the elite whose major grouse against the administration was that they had been disconnected from their former pastime of playing God in successive administrations in the state.

According to the governor, their quarrels and discomfort were not his administration was not performing but simply because they were not allowed to continue with their mental and physical enslavement of the masses.

Governor Nnamani disclosed this at a meeting he held with state and zonal executives of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and the state branch of the All Nigerian Conference of Post Primary Schools (ANCOPPS) at the Government House, Enugu.

The governor stated that nobody could ignore the monumental successes of his administration in the state which were acknowledged by the European Union Ambassadors, the President of Nigeria, the National Chairman of the PDP, and the benchmark exercise of the National Planning Commission as well as international development partners.

He described those elite as retired and tired political jobbers and “curriculum vitae peddlers” who profited so much from the system by exploiting the masses, adding that their tendency to overlook government’s monumental achievements were mere demonstration of envy and petty jealousy.

The State Chief Executive made it clear that no amount of jealousy or attempt at intimidation can defocus his government programme or change his commitment to leave the state much better than he met it.

The governor told members of the NUT and ANCOPPS that the meeting was called to lubricate the partnership between them and his government, adding that government would continue to accord them their due respect and right of place in the scheme of things.

He therefore announced that the state government had approved in principle the promotion of principals of post primary schools in the state for the first time in history to Grade Level Seventeen.

In addition, according to the governor, graduate teachers in primary schools in the state would have their grade levels adjusted accordingly.

Governor Nnamani, who took time to address questions and issues raised by the teachers, thanked them for their cooperation, support and loyalty to his administration and assured them that government was ready and willing to fulfill its promises to them.

He therefore urged them to reciprocate government’s gestures by continued dedication to duty, adding that they should see their schools as their baby and as such, the need to up their involvement and dedication to them.

Earlier in his speech, the state chairman of the NUT, Chief Uche Agboeze, thanked the governor for his laudable works in the state and for fulfilling promises to the teachers, especially in prompt payment of salaries.

Chief Agboeze pledged that teachers in the state would never forget the governor’s special interest in their welfare and assured him of their total support and satisfactory discharge of their duties.

He used the occasion to draw the governor’s attention to the fate of some twenty eight former teachers who for some reasons are yet to be formally retired, and the encroachment into the land belonging to some schools in the state by religious groups and appealed to him to address the issues.

Also in his contribution, the state president of ANCOPPS, Dr. Simeon Onoja, described the relationship between the state government and his members as very cordial.

He pointed out that no administration in the state had done so much for the teachers, especially in the areas of prompt promotion and recognition and assured hi of their continued cooperation.

Dr. Onoja appealed to the governor to see the need to employ more language, science and mathematics teachers, provision of adequate security in schools and payment of outstanding leave allowances.


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