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Teachers To Get Retirement Age Extension As Buhari Sends Bill To Senate

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an executive Bill to the Nigerian Senate seeking to increase the retirement age for teachers in the country.

Naija News reports that the federal government wants to extend the retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

The presdient’s letter was read on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

Buhari noted that the Bill provides for harmonised retirement age for teachers in the country.

According to him, the move to increase the retirement age and service years of teachers was pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The Bill also proposes increase in the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40 years.

Recall that the federal government had revealed that the new special salary scale approved for Nigerian teachers will become effective as from January 1, 2022.

Buhari had in October 2020, approved some new benefits for Nigerian teachers on the occasion of the 2020 World Teachers Day.

According to the President, the new approval is in recognition of the roles of teachers in nation-building and to encourage them in delivering better service.

The new approvals were disclosed in Abuja by the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, who represented the President during the occasion of the 2020 World Teachers Day.

Below are five things the President approved for teachers in Nigeria.

1. President Buhari approved a special salary scale for teachers.

2. He increased the years of service for teachers from 35 years to 40 years.

3. He approved free tuition for children of teachers.

4. Automatic employment for graduate teachers.

5. Retirement age for teachers was also increased from 60 to 65.