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Deadline Extended For Maltina Teacher Of The Year Awards

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 12:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oyeniran Apata –  Lagos


Organisers of the recently launched Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative have announced the extension of the deadline for submission of entries for the groundbreaking awards. 

This announcement is coming on the heels of appeal by secondary school teachers across the country for more time to enable them file their entries for the coveted prize worth over N50 million.

Disclosing news of the extension during the week in Lagos, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Kufre Ekanem, on behalf of Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund stated that “submission of entry has been extended to Friday July 17th, 2015.

“We have extended the deadline for the submission of entries for Maltina Teacher of the Year because of the overwhelming appeal by teachers across the country who pleaded for the extension.

This initiative is for teachers, we believe it is just fair for us to take their interest into consideration. As a company, we always listen and take the voice of the people into consideration in our decision making process,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the company for initiating the project.

According to the union, the award apart from helping to improve teaching conditions and the education sector generally, would also go a long way in restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession in the country.

The union, which announced its endorsement of Maltina as its official drink at all occasions recently, reiterated its commitment to the success of the social investment project.

NUT’s Acting Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Wole Oyeniyi stated that this would be the first time an organisation had put up a project of this magnitude for teachers in Nigeria.

“We really appreciate you and the contributions your organisation is making to the improvement of the education sector in Nigeria. We want to appreciate and commend your effort.

“Now we know that there are people out there that still appreciate and are willing to encourage teachers. I will implore other corporate organisations to follow your lead. We need more of initiatives like this to keep inspiring our teachers to do more,” he said.

With the extension of the deadline for submission of entries, Kufre urged interested teachers who are yet to submit their entries or apply to take the advantage of the extension to obtain hard copies of entry forms from designated collection and submission points scattered all over the country or

He further disclosed that the Maltina Teacher of the Year and other national finalists of the competition would be unveiled and celebrated at a grand ceremony on Monday, October 5, 2015, a day set aside by the United Nations to mark the World Teachers Day.