A joint action coalition of civil society organizations in Nigeria, has commended the National Assembly, Minister of Education Prof. Adamu Adamu, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, for their contributions to the passage of a Bill for an Act to Extend the Retirement Age of Teachers in Nigeria.
The group recognizes the efforts of Arc. Sonny Echono, Sponsor of the Bill Honourable Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya, Representing Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency and The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for been at the Fore Front of the Struggle to make sure it comes to this stage by drawing the attention of the federal government and educating Nigerians of the importance of the bill.
In a statement issued by the joint action coalition of civil society organizations in Nigeria, in Abuja , which was signed by its national coordinator, comrade isaac ikpa, the groups urged president Buhari to assent to the bill with the same urgency he treated the minimum wage issue.
“This will go a long way to consolidating the essence and the importance of the bill, education in the present administration of president Buhari.
“we are glad that there have been a high level commitment by the president Buhari led federal government, as demonstrated by the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, who was deeply involved during the public hearing of the bill sponsored by Honorable Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya, representing ijebu-north/ijebu-east/ogun waterside federal constituency’, the coalition stated.
Stressing that the bill which seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers, education officers from 60 to 65 years as incentive for better performance which teachers at tertiary level are already enjoying the incremental age, should not be discriminated against these foundational level which is more important as the bedrock of development of any society.
According to the group the bill was to revolutionize the education sector, both at the grassroots level as early retirement of teachers have been robbing the pupils, leaving the education sector of needed experience.
“It is generally accepted that most of our teachers get retired at the age they still have a lot to offer.
“Most of them often got employed by private school operators who are always eager to harvest their wealth of experience as we all know that older the teachers are more patient in attending to educational needs of pupils and students.
Therefore craves Mr. president, who himself is a father that have deep understanding of the need for quality education for our children, the future leaders to immediately assent to the bill on arrival for prompt implementation”, the coalition added.
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