By Mosope Kehinde
Lawmaker representing Atiba State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Gbenga Oyekola has called for the adoption and implementation of the recently enacted Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022.
In a motion titled; Need For Adoption And Implementation Of The New Sixty Five (65) Years Retirement Age And Forty (40) Years Length of Service For Teachers Of Oyo State” presented before the house, Mr. Oyekola who is the Chief Whip maintained that the federal government position should be domesticated in Oyo State.
The lawmaker emphasized the pivotal role of teachers in shaping the nation’s educational system and aligns with global recommendations.
While noting that seven states, including Ondo, Imo, and Kano, have promptly embraced the directive to harmonize retirement age and service years, Mr Oyekola urges Oyo State to follow suit.
The motion which was seconded by Mr. Saminu Ridwan representing Atisbo/Saki-East state Constituency, emphasized that the new retirement age stipulates compulsory retirement at 65 or after 40 years of pensionable service, superseding any conflicting regulations.
The Assembly however urged the Executive Arm to engage with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State Chapter on the matter.