Lagos – Mr. Felix Udochukwu Ariguzo, a teacher with Mastercare International School, Asaba, Delta State, has emerged the 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year.
For the feat, Ariguzo was rewarded with N1 million in addition to N500,000 he received for emerging as the state’s champion.
In addition, he is to continue to get N1m every year for the next five years, participate in a training programme abroad and in keeping with the tradition of the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund sponsored competition, a block of six classrooms is to be
built at his school.
At the event which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria-Island, Ariguzo, a Biology and Chemistry teacher, revealed that he draws inspiration for teaching from his love for service and knowledge building.
He expressed appreciation for the gesture and enjoined other corporate organisations to follow the worthy example, saying today, I am very happy and proud that Nigerian Breweries has shown that teachers’ rewards are both in heaven and on earth.”
The 38 year old son of a teacher maintained that teaching is not about earning a living, but giving life a meaning and that a strong passion and emotional stability are vital in the teaching profession.
Lagos State representative, Mrs. Chika Ume-Ezeoke, a Biology teacher with Our Lady of Apostle, Yaba, emerged the first runner-up, while Mr. Samuel Emochuaogu an English teacher with Winners International Academy, Agudama-Epie, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State clinched the second runner-up position.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Johan Doyer explained that In line with its philosophy of Winning with Nigeria, the company resolved in 1994, to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria when it established the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund with a commencement capital of 100 million Naira.
The fund, according to him, has impacted over 25,000 students across the country, built 31 classroom blocks and 30 libraries equipped with furniture and books in both primary and secondary schools across various communities.
He added that in 2015, the company’s intervention in education was expanded to include teachers when the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative was launched, saying that that the initiative was hinged on the realisation that teachers hardly get the recognition they deserve in spite of the pivotal role they play in determining the quality of education and the future of our country.
In her remarks, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who was represented by Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, described teachers as the most critical asset of the nation and thanked Nigerian Breweries for the initiative she described as a big boost to teachers and the teaching profession.
The Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative has so far, produced 69 State Champions and three overall winners.
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