– 65 years is now the official retirement age for teachers in Nigeria
– This was approved by FEC on Wednesday, January 20
– What is left is for the National Assembly to consider the approval by FEC and give it legal backing
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During its weekly meeting held on Wednesday, January 20, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the new retirement age for teachers which was fixed at 65 years henceforth.
The FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill.
The bill is to sent to the National Assembly for consideration and approval, The Nation reports.
Among other things, the bill seeks to give legal backing to new measures by President Buhari’s administration to enhance the teaching profession in Nigeria such as the introduction of bursary awards, including special rural posting allowances.
The decision of the FEC was made known to journalists by the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the federal government had issued a clear message on the possibility of imposing another lockdown following disregard towards the safety protocols issued on COVID-19.
Speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday, January 19, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 through its chairman Bosss Mustapha lamented low compliance to the safety protocols by Nigerians.
Mustapha said since schools resumed on Monday, January 18, there has been a clear disregard for the federal government’s directives on the deadly virus.
He stressed that to avoid the second lockdown, “citizens must keep their hands on deck” while striking a balance between “lives and livelihood.”
“Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of government and citizens must keep their hands on deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”
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