Buhari assents bill increasing teachers’ retirement age

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to a bill seeking to have a new retirement age for teachers.

It is among four bills passed by the National Assembly.

The harmonised retirement age for teachers act, as it known is seen a fulfilment of a pledge made by the president over two years back.

The three other bills passed into law by President Buhari on Friday include Nigeria Law Reform Commission, harmonised retirement age for teachers, National Biotechnology Development Agency and that of Federal Medical Centre, Hong (Establishment).

This was contained in a statement signed Garba Shehu- Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Friday.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to four Bills recently passed by the National Assembly as detailed below:

“1. Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, 2022

“This Act repeals the Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, Cap. N118, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act, 2022 to facilitate the effective implementation of the Commission’s Law Reform Proposals and enhance its performance and bring the Law in conformity to best practices.

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“2. National Biotechnology Development Agency Act, 2022

“This Act provides legal framework for the National Biotechnology Development Agency to carry out research, create and develop public awareness in biotechnology in order to encourage private sector participation in biotechnology industry in Nigeria.

“3. Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022

This Act provides for the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria. 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.

“While the provision of Section 3 of the Act provides that the Public Service Rule or any Legislation that requires a person to retire from the Public Service at 60 years of age or after 35 years of Service shall not apply to Teachers in Nigeria.

“4. Federal Medical Centre, Hong (Establishment) Act, 2022

This Act establishes the Federal Medical Centre, Hong, Adamawa State to provide Legal framework for its due management and administration

“The Medical Centre will be headed by a Medical Director who shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, and shall be the Chief Executive and accounting officer of the Medical Centre as stipulated in Section 9 of the Act.

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