Minister for Education Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i has said the federal government had approved 65 years retirement age for staff of Polytechnics or Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

The minister, who disclosed this at the 17th convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Nekedi in Owerri on Saturday, said this followed President Goodluck Jonathan approval and signing into law of the policy, saying it
would help reduce the attrition rate and encourage research and development.

Prof. Ruqayyatu also disclosed the declaration of 2013 as the Year of
Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) in Nigeria, saying for the nation to achieve its national objectives, there must be a body of individuals with the skills and competence to support diverse sectors of the economy.

She described Technical and Vocational Education and Training as the
only part of the education system that has the capacity to do it, saying 51 federal and state polytechnics in the country have benefited from the special intervention fund of N15 billion for the upgrading and rehabilitation of laboratories including training staff.

This is one of the issue in contention, it could be recalled that the President of ASUP, Comrade Chibuzo Asomugha disclose to newsmen that talk with the federal government is in progress. we do hope, the strike would be call off soon.

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