Buhari Won’t Okay 65-Year Workers’ Retirement Age – Keyamo
Mr. Festus Keyamo

Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), who is the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, has submitted that the outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, will not approve the newly proposed 65-year retirement age for Nigerian workers which was earlier requested. 

The minister made this known in an interview with reporters on Tuesday.

had earlier reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress, through its National President, Joe Ajaero, asked for a fresh retirement age for civil servants in the country during the 2023 Workers’ Day celebrations in Abuja.

Ajaero had also called for a general review of core civil servants’ salaries to narrow the gap between other civil servants’ emoluments and those in other segments of the public service, saying the extension of years of service should go around as it was being done in other sectors of the public service in the country.

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‘We are, therefore, demanding that the age of retirement and length of service in the entire public service, including the civil service, be reviewed upward to 65 years of age and 40 years of service,’ he had said.

But Keyamo told our correspondent that an increase in service years will be the call of the next administration.

‘The process to effect that change to 65 years (if it is accepted by the Federal Government) is a process that cannot be completed before the end of the tenure of Buhari.  So, I guess the new administration will have to deal with that,’ the minister stated.

Meanwhile, the outgoing President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that he had no doubt that the incoming government of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would sustain the tempo of his administration.

Speaking at the Presidential Fleet Review, 2023, at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos, Buhari said he was pleased with the military’s combat readiness.

He said he had confidence that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would continue to provide crucial support to the Nigerian Navy, maintaining the positive trajectory achieved during his tenure.

The Presidential Fleet Review will possibly be the last by him in his capacity as President and Commander-in-Chief.

Africa Today News, New York

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