APC presidential hopeful insists on recognition of public school teachers

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, aspiring president of the ruling All Progressive Congress, stressed the need to recognize the country’s public school teachers, saying they make people who they are in society.

Speaking at the launch of a book titled ‘Otoge: The Triumph of Hope’, written by Abdulkadir Babafila, a public secondary school teacher in Ilorin, Kwara state, on Thursday, Olawepo-Hashim said that teachers, especially those in public schools, should be recognized and encouraged by people when they do something spectacular in society.

Olawepo-Hashim, who was represented by architect Sunday Olosunde, noted that world-renowned literary figures such as Professor Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and others like them began their literal journey to global relevance from schools. public institutions in Nigeria as teachers.

According to him, before the world recognized the quality of these literary giants, they were first embraced by the Nigerian public and became a respectable role model for young people and students.

“It is the rejoinder of these iconic literary figures that I see in the author of this historic book, Abdullateef Abdulkadir Babafila,” he said.

Explaining the circumstances of his decision to accept responsibility for the book launch, he said: “When I was approached to be the chief book launcher, I knew I couldn’t refuse the offer for any reason. , namely that the author, Babafila, is a teacher, secondary school teacher at Kwara public school. I was also a product of public school from elementary to university level.

“Previously, I had turned down some invitations to release books written about Otoge wrestling, but this one is different, especially because it’s written by a public school teacher. I feel compelled to honor this invitation as a token of appreciation for all public school teachers in Nigeria.

He also added that he could not refuse the invitation because Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was working tirelessly to restore public school to its former glory in Kwara State, first by recruiting competent teachers through the through a transparent process of excellence, not the usual sharing of slots in the neighborhood. meetings. It repairs public infrastructure. He renovated more than 600 schools across the state.

He argued that “As individuals, what we can do is support government efforts by encouraging people in public institutions who are standing up and rewarding them for their efforts.

“This is so because, if we do not appreciate the literary efforts of public school teachers and provide the necessary inspiration, no matter how much the government invests in public infrastructure, we cannot create the coup de psychological thumb needed to drive excellence in public institutions,” he said. noted.

He launched the book with 3 million naira saying, “To appreciate this historic book, written by Abdulkadir Babafila, a public school teacher in Kwara State, and in thanks to all public school teachers in Nigeria, I hereby launch the book, ‘Otoge: The Triumph of Hope’ with a token of 3 Million Naira.

State APC Chairman Sunday Fagbemi in his speech at the event acknowledged that the author’s perspective is fresh and refreshing, adding that since the success of “Otoge” and the s accession to power, the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is pitching his tent with the people, rather than with the politicians.

Earlier, the author of the book, Abdullateef Babafila, noted that he decided to document his participation in the struggle to correct some misrepresentations in the narrative created by other actors in the political process.

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