By Sarah Negedu
The FCT Administration says it is ready to expedite action on the proposed elongation of service years for teachers in the territory in order to address issues of brain drain being experienced in the teaching profession.
Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, stated this while inaugurating a Standing Committee on the Implementation of the New Retirement Age and Length of Service for Teachers in the employ of the FCT.
Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the elongation of teachers’ retirement age from 60 years to 65 years while the length of service years was pushed up from 35 to 40 years in the 36 states of the country and FCT.
The permanent secretary explained that the inauguration of the standing committee became necessary following the release of a service-wide guideline for the implementation of the new policy by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Adesola equally assured that all backlog of applications of beneficiaries that falls within the effective date of implementation being 1st January,2021 will be immediately processed, adding that this will ensure industrial harmony in the territory.
He charged all FCTA teachers to guard against abuse of the new policy by resisting the temptation to turn themselves into super teachers or becoming unavailable to render the teaching service for which they are being paid for.
The permanent secretary also used the opportunity to appeal to the FCT wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers to call off its ongoing strike which is currently affecting primary schools managed by the local education authorities, LEA, in the area councils.
The committee chaired by the Director of FCTA Human Resource Management, Malam Mohammed Bashir, has the following terms of reference: collation of applications from interested officers, screening of applications to determine eligibility based on extant guidelines, verification of documents and forwarding of recommendations for consideration and approval respectively.
Responding on behalf of the committee, chairman of the committee, Malam Bashir, said the confidence reposed in the committee to carry out such a sensitive assignment will not be abused, and assured the administration that the committee will immediately get to work to ensure the new policy takes off immediately.