The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the employment of 1850 basic and senior secondary school teachers in the state to fill teacher shortages in sciences subjects and create fresh employment in the state.
Governor Ahmed approved the employments following separate requests by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission (TSC), according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede on Wednesday.
The two organizations based their requests on existing teacher shortages in the state, especially in English Language and Science subjects.
According to the statement, Governor Ahmed approved the recruitment of 1500 SUBEB teachers and 350 Senior Secondary School teachers.
The teacher shortages in the state persist despite recent interventions by the state government through its Kwara State Youth Empowerment Program (KWAYEP) and the federal governments NPower Scheme, prompting the state Governor to grant the fresh approval for employment.
Governor Ahmed also directed SUBEB and TSC to advertise the positions in the media and ensure that due process is followed in the recruitment while ensuring spread across the 193 wards in the state.
Meanwhile the Governor also pledged that the remaining portion of Gerewu-Hajj Camp Road, Ilorin will be graded at the end of the rainy season.
Governor Ahmed made the disclosure in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya.
“We have become aware of a protest by some members of Gerewu Community in Ilorin over the state of road. We urge the protesters to remain calm as government is aware of the state of road and will grade it once the rains recede.
The community is also reminded that the government has already rehabilitated and asphalted about 2km of the road, leaving 4km which will be repaired as soon as the rains stop, especially in view of the marshy nature of that portion of the road.
As we are all aware, the whole country is experiencing unusually high torrential rain which has hampered road works across the state.
The Kwara State Government assures Gerewu and all other communities in the state that it is aware of their needs and is meeting them on a gradual basis” yahaya assured.