New Teachers Retirement Age, Federal Act Passed under Omo-Agege’s Watch as DSP – CPS
…assures Delta Workers of upholding implementation if elected Governor.
Deltans have been assured that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta, will not reverse the new retirement age for teachers in the state if he emerges governor.
This assurance was in reaction to statements by some quarters that he would abolish it if he emerges governor.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sunney Areh, Deltans were reminded that the bill for the harmonisation of Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 8, 2022, was only adopted by the Delta state government several months after.
The statement noted that, the APC Governorship Candidate and the current Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, was active in passing the bill into law at the floor of the Red Chambers in January 2021 stressing that, “to now suggest that the same law Senator Omo-Agege facilitated its passage into law will be rolled back when he becomes Governor after winning the rescheduled March 18, 2023 gubernatorial election is not just stupid and idiotic but farcical.”
While reassuring Deltans of Omo-Agege’s commitment to worker’s welfare, the statement slammed the Okowa-led government of the “belated move borne out of desperation. The same desperation is now cloaked with pitiable ignorance with the stupid rumour.”
The statement as obtained reads below.
“On April 8, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill which then became an Act.
Section 1 of the Act clearly states that Teachers in Nigeria shall compulsorily retire on attainment of 65 years of age or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever is earlier.
Unfortunately, uninformed disinformation agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shamelessly showed an unbelievable level of ignorance and naivety by generating and disseminating the absolutely false story that the Delta State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, plans to reverse the recent domestication of the Federal law by Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State when assumes office as Governor.
The Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act was passed into law by the National Assembly in January 2021 under Senator Omo-Agege’s watch as Deputy Senate President.
To now suggest that the same law Senator Omo-Agege facilitated its passage into law will be rolled back when he becomes Governor after winning the rescheduled March 18, 2023 gubernatorial election is not just stupid and idiotic but farcical.
A few days ago, Governor Okowa approved the adoption of the Act extending the retirement age of teacher exactly one year after the Federal Government had begun its implementation. It was a belated move borne out of desperation. The same desperation is now cloaked with pitiable ignorance with the stupid rumour.
For record purposes, Senator Omo-Agege is part of the leadership of the National Assembly as Deputy Senate President that worked assiduously for the passage of the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill into law.
This was accomplished by the APC-led Federal Government where Senator Omo-Agege is a ranking leader.
We urge Deltans, especially teachers and residents of Delta State to ignore the unfounded rumour by the PDP and vote for Omo-Agege as the next Governor of the State.
The Deputy Senate President has a concerted programme to improve the ambience for learning by upgrading the infrastructure in educational institutions, promote teachers as and when due and ensure that on retirement, their gratuity and benefits are paid.”