By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin – Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has tasked the Federal Government to consider 70 years as compulsory retirement age for teachers and non teachers in the education sector in parity with what applies to the professors.
This, among other key issues, formed the resolutions adopted at the National Executive Council of the union in Ilorin.
The resolution jointly signed by the President and Secretary of NASU, Mrs Ladil lliya and Prince Peters Adeyemi respectively after a two-day meeting, which ended yesterday, also expressed full support for the NLC’s demand for the upward review of the national minimum wage to N50,200 per worker to cushion the hyper inflation and make the worker maintain a decent life.
The ongoing reform in the banking sector also received the attention of the union which commended the CBN governor â€œfor unearthing the rottenness in the banking sector resulting in the removal of the chief executives of five commercial banks.â€ The union called on the EFCC â€œto intensify efforts in the recovery of all the loans in order to restore public confidence in the banks.”
NASU lamented failed promises made by the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in the energy sector till now and called on the Federal Government to â€œtake concrete action and make light available because Nigerians are tired of lip service and procrastination of dates of deliveryâ€.
The union also decried the worsening state of roads across the contry and urged the Federal Government to mobilise the contractors awarded the jobs of rehabilitation of the roads to save lives and property.
The NEC believed the high level of ignorance and illiteracy was capable of thwarting developmental efforts of the government and urged the state governments to adequately fund state libraries and also place the library board workers on CONTISS as it is the case with the National Library Board of Nigeria.
The union also wants Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State to use his good office to cause the implementation of CONTISS in all th state tertiary institutions without delay.