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Delta State approves new retirement age for teachers

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, approved a new retirement age for teachers in the state public service.

By the governor’s approval, teachers in Delta State will now retire at age 65 or after spending 40 years in service.

The same is applicable to non-academic staff of state-owned polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

The  Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told newsmen that the decision was made during the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba.

The commissioner said the council’s resolution was to enable teachers and workers in tertiary institutions to contribute more to nation building.

Aniagwu said, “With the approval, teachers in the public service of Delta can be in the office up to 65 years of age and 40 years of service.

“We did this because we have seen that even at age 65, many have garnered lots of experience to be able to teach more and have a clearer understanding of their fields of study.

“And they can continue to contribute to moulding minds. Forty years of service is also not a bad idea, because we have seen most often that many teachers retire without getting tired.

“Also for the non-teaching staff of our Colleges of Education and polytechnics, we have given them the advantage of remaining in service as non-teaching staff for as many as 40 years.

“They will also remain in service for as long as 65 years of age. So they now have an extra five years added to their retirement age and service year.”

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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