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Governor Uzodimma Signs Landmark Bill Extending Teachers’ Retirement Age in Imo State

In a significant move towards enhancing the welfare of its civil service, Governor Hope Uzodimma has signed into law a groundbreaking bill extending the retirement age for teachers in Imo State.

The legislation, which now mandates retirement at the age of 65 or after 40 years of service, marks a substantial departure from the previous retirement criteria of 35 years of service or 60 years of age.

Governor Uzodimma, speaking at the signing ceremony held at the New Exco Chambers Government House Owerri, congratulated the teachers on this achievement. He emphasized the importance of their commitment to providing the best education for Imo State children.

The Governor stated, “Having given the teachers an extra five years, they are expected to bring out their time and work harder to give Imo children the best form of teaching and learning and graduate them as the best in Nigeria.”

The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chike Olemgbe, expressed joy at the historic passage of the bill, describing it as the first to be passed by the 10th Imo State House of Assembly.

The signing ceremony, witnessed by key government officials, including the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, and the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, was attended by members of the Imo State Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

This legislative move is expected to have a positive impact on the morale of teachers, fostering a sense of job security and encouraging them to deliver high-quality education to the students of Imo State.

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