By Ruth Oketunde
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coalition of Support Groups for Labor Presidential candidate Peter Obi has urged Nigerian teachers to be agents of social change in the line of duty.
Dr. Moses Paul, Coordinator of the Coalition, made the call during the Party’s Teachers’ Conference organized to commemorate this year’s World Teachers’ Day on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event is themed “Get involved for good governance and accountability in Nigeria: the role of teachers”.
Paul said teachers were essential in the country’s democratic process, as their role in electoral processes could not be overemphasized.
“Education plays a fundamental role in the development of society, when politics is properly educated, a new future is born.
“Teachers are educators who shape the future society through their work. They are social agents of change, because no revolution in society can be complete without involving teachers,” he said.
Paul added that teachers should get involved in good governance by rejecting the selling and buying of votes in the upcoming elections.
“Vote buying has become a troubling feature of the Nigerian democratic process as the buying and selling of votes has intensified the monetization of the electoral process whereby the highest bidder gets the most votes.
“When you buy votes, you corrupt the electoral process and the bad candidates become the winners.
“As an electorate, don’t expect democratic dividends from leaders born of corrupt practices,” he said.
For his part, Dr. Peter Piper, the keynote speaker at the event, called for an overhaul of the country’s education system.
Obi/Datti Teachers Coordinator Ms Ifeoma Okechukwu said teachers would continue to engage in voter education, mobilization and grassroots outreach.
She added that teachers will continue to play a major role in the education sector and for a better Nigeria. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Kayode Olaitan