by Ivovi Aruoriwo.

Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko has lauded the role of teachers towards the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goal, saying that teachers remained critical agents of positive change.

The Head of Service gave the commendation while receiving the Executive Chairman of the State Post Primary Education Board (PPEB), Dr. Emmanuel Tibi who led other members of the Board on a familiarazation visit to the HOS on Tuesday.

Mr. Bayoko while congratulating the PPEB Chairman and Members of the Education Board on their appointments, said their choice as educationists was reflective of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s vision of driving his MORE agenda with men and women of depth in terms of experience and knowledge.

He expressed optimism that given their pedigrees, the Post Primary Education Board would experience tremendous progress under their leadership.

The HOS who assured the visiting Chairman of his support and guidance, however, called for closer synergy and symbiotic relationship between teachers and Non-Academic staff in the board, saying that such relationship was critical towards effective and efficient service delivery.

Giving further clarification on government policy that extended the retirement age of teachers at the attainment of 40 years of service or 65 years of age, whichever comes first, the HOS said that the policy aligned with government commitment to preserving the wealth of experience and knowledge within the educational system.

Mr. Bayoko sued for the support of teachers and other stakeholders for the Oborevwori’s led administration just as he reminded civil servants of the core values of the Civil Service including that of loyalty to the government of the day no matter their political sentiments, opinions or professionalism.

Earlier, the Executive Chairman of the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB), Dr. Emmanuel Tibi in his remarks, told the HoS that they were in his office to familiarize themselves with him saying that the Post Primary Education Board was a strategic component to the Office of the Head of Service.

Dr. Tibi who expressed profound appreciation to the head of service for granting them the audience, emphasized the role of the board in fostering quality post primary education in the State.

While seeking for the guidance of the Head of Service to resolve some of the challenges faced by the board, Dr. Tibi disclosed that due to the recent approval for the elongation of retirement age of teachers in the State, the zonal offices of the board were facing serious challenge of manpower shortage.

According to the PPEB executive chairman, he said that most of the supervisors at the board’s zonal offices had moved back to the classroom to enable them enjoy the extension of the retirement age of either 40 years of service or 65 years of age, whichever that comes first.

The other members of the board who joined the executive chairman for the visit included Mr. Venture Oyiborhoro, Mrs. Angozi Eunice and Chief Fidelis Okolafor

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