A teacher at Royal Family Academy, Wuye, Abuja, Collins Ezem has emerged the winner of the 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY) Award.
He was announced winner on Friday evening at the grand finale of the MTOY award ceremony held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
His emergence makes Mr Ezem the second teacher from the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) to win the award in its five years of existence.
Another FCT teacher, Mr Olasunkanmi Opeifa won in the 2018 edition.
Ezem, 38, teaches Christian Religious Studies/Civic Education at his school.
MTOY award is an initiative of Nigerian Breweries Plc domiciled under its humanitarian arm- Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund to identify and showcase committed and hardworking secondary school teachers nationwide and consequently lift the education sector and the economy as a whole.
Ezem was rewarded with a golden trophy, a certificate of excellence and N6.5 million money prize.
That sum includes N1 million spread across five years as well as N1 million and N500 000 for being a national and state champion respectively.
The N1 million for the next five years is subject to him remaining a teacher.
This feat also affords him the opportunity to attend some all-expenses-paid capacity development programmes abroad.
His school would also be provided with a block of six classrooms, toilet facilities and a library for producing him.
In his remarks at the event, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commended Nigerian Breweries for providing the platform, saying the impact of MTOY award had shown improvement in the education sector.
He congratulated the winner and other finalists, urging them and their colleagues across the country to be more committed to their profession.
Osinbajo was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Uwajiuba at the event.
He averred that the roles of teachers roles in the development of human society cannot be quantified.
Among dignitaries present at the occasion were the Registrar of the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Josiah Ajiboye; the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo; her counterpart in Ekiti State, Mr Folusho Daramola; the Secretary to Lagos State government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, wife of the Lagos State’s governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Oyeyemi Boboye.