Federal Government Owes 600 Teachers 23-Month Arrears

About 600 teachers in the federal civil service, precisely under the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Defence, who benefited from the Federal Government service elongation package for teachers, are currently being owed 23 months salaries, Punch reports

The PUNCH reports that service elongation for teachers was introduced by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The beneficiary teachers are in some of the nation’s unity schools, schools owned by the military and paramilitary. On January 20, 2021, the Federal Executive Council approved a Bill that sought to increase the retirement age and the service years of teachers.

Then Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, explained that the essence of the Bill was to give legal backing for the approval of the new retirement age of 65 from 60 years for teachers and extend their period of service from 35 to 40 years.

The Bill, according to him, also sought to introduce bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other items that would encourage brilliant Nigerians to take up teaching

In April 2022, Buhari signed the harmonised Bill into law backdating the implementation to January 2022.

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