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Mass retirement looms in Edo public service

… as state cancels 60 years mandatory retirement age

Mass retirement looms in Edo public service
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Mass retirement of staff loom in the Edo State public service as the state government has reversed the 60 years mandatory retirement age policy.
The 60 years mandatory retirement age policy was initiated and implemented by the Adams Oshiomhole-led government on October 3, 2014.
The policy made it optional for staff in the state employment that had spent 35 years in service, but had not attained the mandatory age of 60 years to remain in service until they attain the 60 years mark.
A recent circular dated May 6, 2019, and signed by the Edo State Head of Service, Isaac Ehiozuwa, noted that the strict implementation of the 2014 retirement age policy resulted to challenges, which were in direct contravention of some laid down establishment regulations.
Ehiozuwa said the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, had approved a reversal of the 60 years retirement age to 35 years.
He, however, directed the affected officers within one month of the notice to proceed on retirement with effect from May 6, 2019, the date the circular was issued.
According to the circular, Godwin Obaseki has approved a reversal of the circular letter No Hos 35/T3/44 of October 3, 2014, which relaxed the mandatory retirement of officers on the attainment of 35 years in service.
“By the content of the circular letter, it became optional for officers who had spent 35 years in the service, but had not attained the mandatory age of 60 years to continue to remain in service until they attained the age of 60 years.
“The strict implementation of the content of the circular letter of October 3, 2014, has thrown up some challenges which are in direct contravention of some laid down establishment regulations.
“The mandatory age of retirement shall be 35 years of service or 60 years of age, which ever comes first. All affected officer are hereby given one (1) month notice to proceed on retirement with effect from the date of this circular of May 6, 2019,” according to the circular.
The circular, however, requested the Accountant-General, Auditors-General (State and Local Government) and managing director, Information Communication Technology Agency to note and ensure “seamless transition process.”
With the new policy, over 5,000 staff members are estimated to retire from the state public service soon.
Recall that a committee set up by the state government headed by the former head of service, Ekiuwa Inneh in 2017 to audit the staff strength of the state civil service put the figure of the staff as of December 2017 at about 1,800.
Also recall that the Lucky Igbinedion-led government had between 2001 and 2002 retired about 3,000 workers in the state.
 

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