Dogara: N/Assembly to raise teachers’ retirement age to 65


Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (middle) with a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) led by the National President, Comrade Micheal Alogba Olukoya (2nd right), during their courtesy visit to the Speaker’s Office at the National Assembly in Abuja
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the National Assembly will increase retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years to retain more experienced hands in public schools.

 

Speaking when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office yesterday, Dogara said the House supports an upward review of teachers’ retirement age. 

 

“We have done it for the tertiary institutions and the judiciary, so nothing should stop us from taking the bull by the horns. They say that wine gets better with age; it was the same consideration that motivated us to rise that of university lecturers and that of judges. So this is something we can pursue,” he said.

 

A statement by the speaker’s spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said Dogara noted that the welfare and working condition of teachers must also be upgraded to enable Nigerian citizens compete with the global world and produce citizens that can achieve development that the country seeks.

 

The Speaker also advised the union to channel their request for salaries of teachers to be handed over to state governments or paid from first-line charge on the federation account, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to the Constitution Review Committee for consideration. 

 

The National President of NUT, Comrade Micheal Alogba Olukoya, appealed that the union prefers that the responsibilities of paying salaries of teachers is handed over to state governments.

 

Additionally, the union demanded that teachers’ salaries be paid from first-line charge from the federation account through the UBEC.

 

“We teachers of Nigeria in primary and secondary schools do seek and demand that our retirement age be raised to 65 years to increase the teacher retention rate in our schools. This will help to check the rate at which experienced teachers are being lost in the school system, whereas younger and prospective teachers are not recruited to take their place,” Olukoya appealed.



PIX CAPTION: Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (middle) with a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) led by the National President, Comrade Micheal Alogba Olukoya (2nd right), during their courtesy visit to the Speaker’s Office at the National Assembly in Abuja

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