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Akwa Ibom Teacher, Imoh Essien Emerges 2016 Maltina Teacher Of The Year

Maltina Teacher Of The Year
Posted: Oct 21, 2016 at 11:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata

Lagos – It was a rewarding moment for hard word as Mr. Imoh Essien, a teacher from Special Education Center for Exceptional Children, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday in Lagos, emerged the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year.

At the grand finale, Mr. Essien was rewarded with One Million Naira in addition to Five Hundred Thousand Naira he received as state champion from Akwa Ibom.

Apart from theses rewards, Essien will also get One Million Naira every year for five years, a training programme abroad and a block of six classrooms built at his school.

Essien, a teacher of Computer, Basic Sciences and Physical Education revealed that he draws his inspiration for teaching from his fun loving personality through which he is able to help children with special needs.

Elated at his new status as Nigeria’s number one teacher, he stated that a strong emotional and mental stability is vital to positively impact children with special needs, a job he has done for twelve years.

The first runner-up, Mohammed Binta Lawan, an English teacher, from Borno State, the 2015 second position repeated the same feat this year, while, Best teacher in Kogi State, Ogwu Patrick from Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo, Lokoja, Kogi State emerged second runner-up.

Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc in a welcome address explained that the organization operates with a philosophy of “Winning with Nigeria” and has championed causes that add value to the society since its inception in 1946.

“In 1994, we raised the profile of our support of the education sector when we established the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund to enable us contribute to the development of the sector. Everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in sustainable national development by training, coaching and modeling which is critical to determining the quality of education.

He informed that the company recently handed over a twin 3-bedroom staff residence to Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha, in honour of last year’s winner, Mrs. Roseline Obi.

Also, Professor Anthony Anwukah, the Minister of State for Education commended the initiative and described it as laudable and advised teachers to invest in themselves to raise their standard, adding that the ministry looks forward to signing the Memorandum of Understanding with Nigerian Breweries on the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative.

Dr. Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, who was represented by Mrs. Ajoke Gbeleyi, Director of Private and Special Education, Lagos State 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.

Pat Utomi, the chairman of the Jury revealed that the job of selecting the winners was challenging but enormously important because of the role teacher’s play in moulding children.

Winner of the maiden edition in 2015, 37 year-old teacher from Anambra State, Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, in an interview with Independent commended the organisers, saying that the award had conferred on her a new status as teachers’ ambassador and respect among her peers.

The Maltina Teacher of the Year, established to recognize, reward and celebrate exceptional teachers in Nigeria, is an initiative on the platform of the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. Teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector have praised Nigerian Breweries for the initiative.