Senate receives Executive bill to extend teachers' retirement age by five years
An Executive bill seeking the extension of the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria by an additional five tears has reached the Nigerian Senate.
WUZUPNIGERIA gathered that according to the bill sent by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to the
Senate, teachers' retirement age could be extended from 60 to 65 years.
The letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read on the floor on Wednesday, also seeks to extend the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40 years.
The president argued that the piece of legislation would provide for harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria, adding that the move to increase the retirement age and service years was pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The letter reads: "Transmission of the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021 to the National Assembly for consideration
"Pursuant to Section 58 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith the harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 for consideration by the Senate.
"The harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria bill 2021 seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years, and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years.
"While appreciating your usual expeditious consideration of this submission, please, accept Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration."
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during the plenary referred the President's request for the confirmation of Major General Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Committees on Defense and Army.
The Defence Committee which is chaired by Senator Aliyu Wamakko was mandated to be the lead Committee to screen the newly appointed Army Chief.