The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the bill on a new retirement age for academic and non-academic staff of the state-owned tertiary institutions.
The new retirement age for the workers is now pegged at 65 years from the previous legal provision of 60 years.
Another provision of the “Oyo State Tertiary Institutions Staff Retirement Age Bill 2016’’ is that it provides for five years imprisonment or a fine of N500,000, or both for anyone found guilty of age falsification.
The passage of the bill by a unanimous vote of lawmakers present at plenary followed a report presented by the House’s Committee on Education and its counterpart on Establishment and Training.
The bill was initiated by the Speaker, Mr Michael Adeyemo, and was co-sponsored by Chairman of Education Committee, Mr Afeez Adeleke and Mr Oyeleke Oyatokun (APC-Afijio).
Supporting the passage of the bill, Adeleke said that it would enhance productivity and raise the standard of education in the state, as staff of the educational institutions in the state will have more time to create an impact on their younger colleagues and their students, with the experience they have gained in the course of their careers.
The speaker, however, directed the Clerk of the House to forward a clean copy of the approved bill to the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi for his assent.