Non-teaching Staff In Oyo State Protest Discriminatory Culture, Seek 65 Years Retirement Age

The Non-teaching staff in public basic schools in Nigeria have demanded an end to discriminatory industrial relations culture against them by the federal government.

The Oyo state chapter of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), communicated this marginalization during a protest at the State Secretariat, Ibadan, on Monday.

Folorunso Olubunmi, the Secretary of NASU, Oyo State, detailed the discriminatory practices against them which included the exclusion of non-teaching staff from the extension of retirement age to 65 years and 40 years in service.

Referencing the announcement of the extension by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2020 World Teachers Day celebration, the Secretary asserted that non-teaching staff have the right qualifications and should be allowed such development.

Adding that non-teaching staff should be included in the approval of the Special Teacher Pension Scheme to secure a better retirement welfare benefit.

Folorunso also asked that there should be the provision of loan facilities, peculiarity allowance and other incentives for non-teaching staff; since such are provided to teaching staff.

Speaking to the protesters, the Special Adviser (Labour Affairs), Bayo Titilola-Sodo, condemned the discriminatory practices of the federal government towards the welfare of the non-teaching staff.

He assured the protesters that the Oyo State government was working on harmonising allowances received by non-teaching staff with that of teaching staff.

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