JUST IN: Buhari seeks Senate’s approval for Bill seeking extension of teacher’s retirement age

President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted an Executive Bill to the Senate, seeking extension of retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the President’s letter on the floor of the Senate of Wednesday, May 2, 2021.

He explained that the bill would harmonise the retirement age for teachers in Nigeria.

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

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He read: “Transmission of the harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria bill 2021 to the National Assembly for consideration.

“Pursuant to section 58 (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 the assurances of my highest consideration,” President Buhari said in the letter.

Lawan also during the plenary, referred Buhari’s request for confirmation of Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to Senate Committees on Defense and Army.

The Defense Committee led by Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto), was mandated to lead the screening for the newly appointed COAS.

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