ASUU Strike: Senate Fulfills One Of ASUU’s Demands, Approves 70 Years Retirement Age

The Senate has passed a bill which sought to increase the retirement age of professors from 65 years to 70 years.
The Senate with the passing of this bill has satisfied one of the demands of he Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ASUU put a halt to academic activities in Nigerian universities when they called for a strike last year and it is hoped that with the passing of this bill, ASUU will call off the strike.
The Bill also provides that registrars, librarians and bursars of tertiary institutions shall hold office for five years and an extension of one year if the need arises.
According to the Senate President, David Mark, with the passage of the Bill which is essentially to fulfil the demand of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it is expected that the lecturers would call off their strike and return to the class rooms.
He said: “We have passed the Bill into law to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). There is the need to get ASUU back to the classrooms so that our children can go back to their classes.
“There are serious constitutional issues to be addressed and we have to pursue them, and unless we do that, we may be confronted with problems in the future and that is why we have to take cognizance of Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution.”

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