Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has signed into law a bill that extends the retirement age for teachers employed by the state government to 65 years or 40 years of service, whichever comes first.
Uzodimma signed the bill into law on Wednesday and commended the state House of Assembly for its wisdom in passing the legislation.
He said the decision to sign the bill aligns with his steadfast commitment to preserving the wealth of experience and knowledge within our educational system.
“The Imo State House of Assembly, in her wisdom, are able to pass the law which has come now for my assent. In exercise of my powers, therefore, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I have no objection to assent to this bill to become law,” Uzodimma stated.
“It will now extend the service period of Imo teachers by five years, making it 65 years of age and 40 years of active service.”
The governor noted that the new law would motivate teachers in the state’s public schools, urging them to be more committed and serious about their jobs.
He also congratulated the teachers and stated that the law is intended to encourage them to have a sense of job security and to be more effective and efficient in their duties.
“Our teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future and by extending their professional tenure, we aim to ensure the continuity of their invaluable contributions.
“I am confident that they will approach their responsibilities with renewed vigour and dedication, ultimately benefiting the entire educational landscape of Imo State,” he added.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chike Olemgbe, commended the governor for showing concern for the welfare of the people.
Olemgbe noted that the executive bill was forwarded to the House and passed after the third reading on Thursday, November 16.