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PRESIDENT JONATHAN SIGNS AMENDED BILLS ON RETIREMENT AGE OF STAFF OF POLYTECHNICS, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITIES AND TENURE OF PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF UNIVERSITIES
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has signed the Bill for an Act entitled,
Retirement Age of Staff of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education (Harmonisation) Act, 2012. This law harmonises the compulsory retirement age of staff of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to be 65 years and exempts them from the Public Service Rule which requires a person to retire from the Public Service after serving for 35 years.
President Jonathan has also assented to the Bill for an Act to further amend the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. 11, 1993. The new
Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act, 2012, limits the tenure of principal officers of universities to a single term of five years, while increasing the compulsory retirement age of staff in the professorial cadre and non-academic staff in Nigerian universities to 70 and 65 years respectively.
Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President
May 14, 2012.