Adeleke lists new retirement age conditions for teachers in Osun

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has reiterated enforcement of approved guidelines as a condition to enjoy the new retirement age of 65 years old and length of service of 40 years for teachers in Osun public schools.

This is contained in a circular issued by Mr Ayanleye Aina, the Osun State Head of Service, on Tuesday in Osogbo.

According to the circular, those interested in enjoying the new increased retirement age must comply with the guidelines, which include being within the education cadre recognised in the scheme of service.

The guideline also stipulates that the officer must be registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, be medically fit as ascertained by a qualified medical doctor and not be under any disciplinary action.

It also said that the eligible officer would be required to apply six months before he or she attains the age of 60 years or 35 years of service, whichever was earlier.

Among others, the guidelines also state that the application must be endorsed by the head teacher or principal of the eligible officer and addressed to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education.

It, however, states that the period of extension is not pensionable, and directs the Ministry of Finance and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to stop the payment of salaries to those already enjoying the new retirement age without fulfilling the conditions.

The circular reads: “I wish to refer to our Circulars Ref. Nos. SMD.61/VOL.III/36 dated 31st May 2022 and SMD.61/Vol.IV/52 dated 20th October 2023 on the above subject. I reiterate that the conditions stated in the aforementioned circulars still subsist.

“Consequently, all those already enjoying the new retirement age and length of service without fulfilling the necessary prerequisites have, by this circular, ceased to enjoy such benefits until compliance with the Circulars.

“For the purpose of emphasis, for any officer to enjoy the new retirement age and length of service, the concerned officer is requested to ensure that the guidelines are strictly adhered to.

“For the avoidance of doubt, a copy of the guidelines under reference is hereby attached. Relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government are requested to ensure wide circulation of this Circular and strict compliance.”

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