The governorship candidate for the Delta All Progressive Congress (APC), Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has dismissed rumors that he intends to change the state's Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers.
This was said by Omo-Agege, who is also the Deputy President of the Senate, in a statement released on Friday in Warri by his chief press secretary, Mr. Sunny Areh.
He urged the populace to disregard the rumor and support him in the March 18 governorship election, claiming that the rumor was the product of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In January 2021, the National Assembly enacted the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers, according to Omo-Agege, who is the Vice President of the Senate and represents Delta Central.
When he takes office as governor, Omo-Agege intends to undo the recently domesticated Federal law in the state by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.
For the record, Senator Omo-Agege was actively involved in the National Assembly's leadership team that pushed for the lawmaking of the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill.
"It is not just ridiculous and idiotic, but absurd, to now say that the same statute I helped enact into law will be pulled back when I become Governor after winning the rescheduled March 18 governorship election," he stated.
According to Omo-Agege, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill on April 8, 2022, and it subsequently became an Act.
He claims that Section 1 of the Act makes it very plain that teachers in Nigeria must retire upon reaching 65 years old or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever comes first.
According to Omo-Agege, the governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa, approved the extension of the teacher retirement age a few days ago.
He claimed that the governor passed the law precisely one year after the federal government started enforcing it, calling it a desperate last-ditch effort.
Omo-Agege claimed to have a deliberate initiative to enhance the learning environment in the state.
He reaffirmed his commitment to improving the facilities in educational institutions, promoting teachers when it was appropriate, and seeing to it that they received their benefits and gratuities upon retirement. (NAN)
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