By: Josie Mudashiru, Ben Ukeji & Sunday Shekwonya

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has been commended for being the first in the Federation to implement the 65 years /40 years as the new retirement age and years of service for teachers as approved by the Federal Executive Council in January 2021.

This was revealed by The Director, Human Resource Management Department, FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bashir.

The Director disclosed that at the last Establishment Meeting held in Yola, Adamawa State, the Head Of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Modupe Esan commended the FCT Administration for the prompt implementation of the new policy.

Basir stated this during the 2022 Media Briefing and Award Ceremony organized by FCT Education Secretariat, Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Education Secretariat has been able to record a lot of achievements as a result of the cooperation and support of the Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, the FCT Minister Of State, and the Permanent Secretary, FCT.

He said: ” This is a clear indication that the FCT Administration does not joke with the welfare of Teachers.
The Administration has directed that Staff Welfare should be improved, especially that of Teachers. And that is why today, Teachers in FCT are being paid the approved minimum wage for Education Officers”.

The Director also commended the dexterity of the Education Secretary, Sani Dahir El- Katuzu whose tenure witnessed the clearing of arrears being owed to Teachers.

Bashir described the award conferred on the Retired and Serving Staff as a lofty idea that should be emulated by other Secretariats, Departments, and Agencies of the FCT Administration.

He, therefore, charged the awardees to redouble their efforts in the service of the Administration; saying it is a lesson in honesty and hard work.

The Director explained that the Administration is also engaging with the Nigerian Union Of Teachers( NUT), to ensure that Teachers in The Federal Capital Territory are adequately cared for.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Secretary of Education Secretariat, Sani Dahir El- Katuzu said the Teachers will now have the opportunity of serving at 40 years and 65 years of age; as against 35 years in service and 65 years of age respectively.