The Labour Party Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, Peter Obi has slammed the Nigerian government for not recognising for honours, Akeem Badru, a teacher who won overall best at the Cambridge Dedicated Teachers’ Award.
Peter Obi said the Ogun State-born Teacher, who has become a global icon for leading Nigeria to defeat ninety-nine other Countries, deserves to be honoured by his country, to serve as a source of encouragement to millions of teachers.
Obi’s request is echoed by edo-state born school administrator, Kenneth Imansuagbon who is requesting special recognition for Akeem Badru, from both Ogun State and the federal government.
Badru teaches at Saint Michael’s primary school, located in the heart of Ogunpa sorrounded by bushes with no power supply, mobile network, water, and access to basic amenities.
He received the award for not being deterred but decided to convert these obstacles into an asset to impact his pupils positively.
According to Cambridge Dedicated Teachers award organisers, Akeem Badru earned the global vote of confidence for his achievement in ‘First Step Initiatives’, a STEM project that combines craft and model making to promote inquisitiveness, creativity and critical thinking among children; and for his work as TeachSDG Ambassador as well as financing the construction of a borehole for the community to solve the problem of water-related diseases that keep his pupils out of school.
(Editor: Nkoli Omhoudu)