Okowa approves new retirement age for public school teachers, others

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Ifeanyi Okowa
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New retirement age for public school staff has been approved. 

 

The Delta State Government has set a retirement age of 65 years for all teaching and non-teaching staff in public schools, including polytechnics and colleges of education.

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It also approved a 40-year service year for all teaching and non-teaching staff in its public schools.

Mr Charles Aniagwu, the State Commissioner for Information, stated that the approval was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting on Monday in Government House, Asaba, presided over by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

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The commissioner, who was accompanied by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, stated that other approvals, such as upward reviews of road projects and new road contracts, were discussed at the meeting.

Aniagwu stated that teaching and non-teaching staff at public primary, secondary, polytechnics, and colleges of education will now retire at the age of 65, or after 40 years of service in the state.

“In keeping with our promise as an administration to work until our last day in office, the EXCO met today and reviewed a number of memos.

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“Today, the council approved that Delta public school teachers and non-teaching staff can work in the office until they are 65 years old.

“And that teachers can also be in the office for as much as 40 years which before now, it has been 60 years and 35 years of service before retirement but they now have additional five years in terms of age and years of service.

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We did it because at 65 years, teachers may have garnered lots of experience to teach more and matured with clearer understanding of their field of study.

 

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“We have given non-teaching staff in polytechnics and colleges of education the advantage of remaining in service for 40 years or 65 years of age,” he said.

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Aniagwu noted that even though some teachers may have retired, they are not necessarily tired, emphasising the importance of effecting change and leveraging human capital to develop and build a more viral society.

 

 

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He added that the council also approved the construction, expansion, and redesign of a number of roads and drainages that connect many communities across the state.

 

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“The council also approved six new solar power grid for the six zonal hospitals across the state to ensure steady power supply, function optimally and to improve service delivery at the hospitals.

He also stated that the government has approved upward contract sum reviews for nine of the ten technical colleges currently under construction in order to reflect realities and allow contractors to complete the projects. (NAN)

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