A principal member of the House of Representatives, Hon Abdel-Majid Adesegun Adekoya has sent a thank you message to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari for giving presidential assent to the legislative bill extending the retirement age of teachers in both primary and secondary schools to 65, and number of service years from 35 to 40 among other benefits.
Hon Adekoya, a PDP member representing Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside, federal Constituency of Ogun state and sponsor of the bill described it as a special gift and one of the best ways of celebrating Nigeria nation builders; teachers, who receive little for doing so much.
The President made the announcement, yesterday, as the world marked World Teachers’ Day.
For years, teachers have agitated for an increase in their retirement age, welfare, and salaries.
Meanwhile, speaking extensively in a telephone interview with journalists on the new development, Adekoya said the bill was sponsored towards the end of 2018 and his target then was that Mr President would be able to give it accelerated item so that 2019 teacher’s day would have been celebrated with that bill of act of parliament.
According to him, the content of the bill is that for teachers in primary and secondary schools, they now have to retire at the age of sixty-five and an education officer, you know once you’re a teacher, you are an education officer, you may be moved to SUBEB, you may be moved out of SUBEB to the class, so they now retire at the age of sixty-five or forty years in service, whichever comes first.
“It gladdens my heart that Mr President has finally assented to the bill to upgrade the renumeration of teachers and also extend their retirement age. This is what we’re praying for in Nigeria. I am in PDP but I am in Nigeria first; to belong to a party, you have to be a Nigerian, so Nigerian comes first. So, I am happy the bill has now come to see the light of the day”.
The federal lawmaker has however charged teachers across the states to reciprocate the gesture with dedication, more hardwork and excellent performance.
“I am of the firm believes, hopes and expects that by this act and Act, our teachers will be better fired up for more productivity, efficiency and performance for the overall good of our nation in terms of Higher Education Potential index and many more. To whom more is given, more is equally expected”.