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Retirement: Govt Has Cheated Us Long Enough – ASUSS Cries Out

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has noted that the extension of the retirement age of teachers of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria to 60 and 65 years is long overdue.

National President of the Association, Amaji Samuel, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi on Friday noted that the union has been cheated for long.

He noted that whereas retirement age of teachers in most countries of the world including Africa was between 65 and 70 years, teachers in Nigeria were yet to be extended the benefit.

Amaji was however excited that the bill has reached its second reading at the House of Representatives, just as he stated that most people, including lawmakers at the National Assembly have taken ownership of the bill.

He said, “It (bill) never saw the light of the day until recently when through the help of God and a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Segun Adekoya, from Ogun state who single handedly sponsored a bill to that effect.

“Today, we have the joy to let the world know that the bill has gone through the first and second reading and recently we had to go for the public hearing. And at that hearing, it was like everyone’s bill because all those who spoke felt that we have been cheated for too long.

“We have also discovered that this would have a monumental impact in the development of teaching and learning at this level in Nigeria.

“It will surprise you to know that some teachers joined the service at the age of 20 and at 55 they are out of services where experience counts so much.

“It is also going to regulate massive outflow of people from teaching, especially at the secondary level, to the tertiary institutions and other departments in the civil service because civil service rules covers all of us.

“We are aware that our colleagues at the tertiary level, both at Colleges of Education, Universities and Colleges of Agriculture retire age at the age of 65.”

The ASUSS President stressed that fatherhood in teaching stops at the primary and secondary levels and as such teachers at that level should have started enjoying the benefits long ago.

He also stated that the extension would prolong the lifespan of teachers and the sector would begin to see the positive side when the law comes into effect.

The ASUSS President who shed more light on the issue said, “You know that fatherhood in teaching stops at the primary and secondary levels. At the tertiary level you know what is there, so everyone felt that we ought to have started enjoying it for a long time.

“So ASUSS in Nigeria want to throw our weight behind this, we support the elongation of service age for primary and secondary school teachers from 60 to 65.

“I also want to say that the impact of this bill would be long lasting, even the lives of teachers will be prolonged.

“As it is today good teachers at the primary and secondary levels prefer to teach until they retire. That is why we are in full support of the bill. I want to also say that Nigerians will live to see the positive effects of the bill.

“We are grateful to Representative Adekoye, the sole sponsor of the bill. In fact, the process had kick started when he brought us in and we aired our views and made our positions known and helped in buttressing the objectives of the bill.”

Amaji also said, “You know that we do not have a secondary education commission in Nigeria, which is inimical to the infrastructural development of secondary education in the country.

“There are aids that come from outside which should be used in development of education at that level but because the commission is not there we discovered that the aids are not being used appropriately.

“A bill for the establishment of that commission was signed into law by the then President Obasanjo in 1999 but it has not been gazetted today because of certain interests. And if not gazetted it cannot be law.

“But after the bill on extension of age scales through we will push to have the commission in place because they will both complement each other.”

Source: https://www.independent.ng/retirement-govt-has-cheated-us-long-enough-asuss-cries-out/

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Jonathan Irhodia

100Level, Nigeria.
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