NB launches classroom block in teacher’s honour
The Special Education Centre for Exceptional Children in Uyo, Akwa lbom State, is enjoying the benefits of having 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year, Imoh Eno Essien, as a staff member.
This is because the Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc has inaugurated a newly-built block of classrooms, library and toilet facilities as part of Essien’s prize for winning the competition.
Essien beat nine other finalists to the coveted prize last year. He was rewarded with N1 million cash prize, plus N1 million to be paid to him yearly for five years, and an oversea training.
At the inauguration, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr Johan Doyer, represented by Mr Kufre Ekanem, the company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, explained that the idea of the school-based project was to ensure that when a teacher wins, the community where he/she teaches also wins.
Doyer noted that the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative was to celebrate teachers who hardly get the recognition they deserve in Nigeria.
“We set out with an aspiration to recognise, celebrate and embolden teachers. So far, the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative has produced 42 state champions and two overall winners selected by an independent panel of judges,” he said.
Doyer thanked Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for inaugurating the facility.
“It is a unique time to have His Excellency inaugurate this project, which has further drawn attention to our collective responsibility of nurturing our children with special needs in a conducive learning environment,” he said.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Pastor Paul Udofia, congratulated Essien for making the state proud and lauded NB for the initiative.
The Principal of the school, Pastor Deborah Benjamin, thanked NB for supporting education in the country.
“This singular gesture is a significant milestone in the entire reward system adopted by Maltina Teacher of the Year organisers by bringing the school that produced the champion into their scheme of activities,” she said.
On his part, Essien praised NB for appreciating the contribution of teachers to the development of the nation.
He urged other teachers all over the country to rededicate themselves to the profession and deepen their passion.