By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The best teacher in Nigeria for the year 2018 has emerged and is no other than Mr Olasunkanmi Samuel Opeifa of Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja.
Mr Opeifa clinched the coveted Maltina Teacher of the Year Award at a glamorous ceremony held on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
On the same night, Mr Olalekan Adeeko, a Computer Studies teacher from Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, was announced as the first runner-up, while Mr Samuel Temitope Popoola, a Physics teacher with Deeper Life High School, Akure, Ondo State, clinched the second runner-up position.
With Mr Opeifa’s emergence as the best teacher in the land, he gets N1 million in addition to N500,000 he received as state champion from Abuja. He will also get N1 million every year for the next five years and a block of six classrooms built at his school.
Also, apart from the N500,000 reward as state champion, the first and second runners-up received an additional N1 million and N750,000 respectively.
Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Jordi Borrut Bel, explained that in line with its philosophy of winning with Nigeria, the company resolved in 1994, to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria when it established the Nigerian Breweries–Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund with a commencement capital of N100 million.
Mr Borrut Bel maintained that over the years, the Education Trust Fund has impacted over 25,000 students with over 400 classrooms, 30 libraries and laboratories built in over 40 communities across Nigeria.
Since inception, the Maltina Teacher of the Year has produced four grand winners: Rose Nkemdilim Obi from Anambra State (2015), Imoh Essien from Akwa Ibom State (2016) and Felix Ariguzo from Delta State (2017) and the current champion.
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