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Don faults 70 retirement age for lecturers

BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT – A university don, Professor Sylvanus Udoidem, has faulted the recent law, which placed the retirement age of university lecturers at 70.

Prof Udoidem, of Philosophy Department,  University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said lecturers should retire at 65, so that they can productively engage themselves in other areas on leaving the universities.

Udoidem, in the University of Port Harcourt news letter, said pegging the retirement age at 70 was not necessary.

He said: “I have reservations about the new law, looking at it from the stand point of the welfare of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU members. How many of the professors live up to 70?

The other clause that says you have to be a professor for 20 years in order to retire with full benefit is also worrisome. How many of our Professors make it at 50?  At the end of the day, the 70 years age limit for retirement does not make sense. People should retire at 65, so that they can have some time to live a quality life of their own.”


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