Nigeria: Buhari submits draft law to extend retirement age and years of service for teachers to Senate

Five months ago, the Federal Executive Council (FEK) approved an increase in the retirement age for teachers and their years of service.

President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted a bill to the Senate to raise the retirement age for teachers in the country from 60 to 65.

The bill also provides for teachers’ years of service to be extended from 35 to 40 years.

The bill was sent in a letter to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who read it out on Wednesday at the beginning of the plenary session.

In the letter, the president stated that the law would provide a harmonized retirement age for teachers in Nigeria.

The decision to raise the retirement age and years of service of teachers was made in accordance with Section 58 (2) of the amended 1999 Constitution.

Submit the 2021 Bill on Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria to the National Assembly for consideration.

“In accordance with Section 58 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 (as amended), I hereby forward the harmonized retirement age for teachers in the Nigeria Act 2021 for consideration by the Senate.

“The harmonized retirement age for teachers in Nigeria’s 2021 bill aims to raise the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 and also to increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40,” read part of the letter.

Further details of the law will be discussed on another legislative day when the legislature begins the adoption process.

Mr Buhari’s letter comes about five months after the federal board approves the extension of the retirement age and years of service for teachers.

Meanwhile, during the plenary session, Mr. Lawan referred the President’s motion to confirm Farouk Yahaya as Chief of the Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Defense and Army Committees.

The Defense Committee, headed by Aliyu Wamakko (APC Sokoto), has been tasked with serving as the governing committee for the review of the newly appointed Army Chief.

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