Nigerian Breweries Plc has instituted a Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year Award initiative worth N50 million annually to reward commitment and diligence to duty by teachers across the country. The award which is done on the platform of Maltina brand by the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund is aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession.
Kufre Ekanem, the company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser explained at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday that the award, which is a new initiative from the Foundation, is designed to recognize, celebrate and motivate teachers in Nigeria, with a first year focus on secondary schools.
According to him, collection of application forms which opened on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, will last till Tuesday, 30th June, 2015. He advised interested teachers to download the application forms from the Maltina website, www.maltina-nigeria.com and upload to the site or return via the company’s post office mail box.
Ekanem averred that all applications will be subjected to an intense selection and judging process by an external and independent panel of judges which has been constituted to ensure transparency, credibility and objectivity of the exercise. The 5-step evaluation process of the entries received, he noted, will result in 37 state and FCT champions, from among which the Maltina Teacher- of- the- Year will emerge.
The state champions and national winners will be celebrated in a grand ceremony on Monday, October 5, 2015, a day set aside by the United Nations to mark the World Teachers Day. The national winner will get one million naira and another one million naira to be paid into his account annually for five years.
“We hope that through this initiative, we can inspire this nation to accord our teachers their deserved credit and bring back respect to the teaching profession in Nigeria, “ Kufre said, adding that the objective of the award is to create an avenue where exceptional teachers will be showcased and rewarded annually and continuously.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mr. Victor Famuyibo, the company’s Human Resources Director described teachers as builders of the wealth of nations who deserved to be recognized, encouraged and celebrated. “Everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in training, coaching and determining the quality of education and this is critical to sustainable national development,” he added.
Mr. Wale Oyeniyi, the acting deputy general secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) commended the initiative by Nigerian Breweries and declared that Maltina drink has become the official beverage of the union in all its activities across the country. He promised to mobilize all chapters of the union to participate fully in the exercise.’
Ohiwerei is the first indigenous Chairman of the leading beverage conglomerate which has been operating in the country since 1946. The Trust Fund was established in 1994, with a seed capital of N100 million, to contribute to the development of educational sector in the country.