BY QUADRI SALIU
While graduates across the country are seeking jobs vacancies in states, Kano State Government Saturday approved the extension of teachers service retirement years to 65.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje stated this during an award night organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress on Saturday in Kano State to mark the 2021 May Day.
By this new policy, teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary institution in the state would henceforth spend 40 years in service, Ganduje said.
Ganduje said: “The federal government has since approved this for teachers and lecturers working under the federal government, hence, teachers in Kano State are also not left behind.
“Therefore, our teachers and lecturers as from now, they will also start to enjoy such retirement age from 60-65, and years of service from 35-40 as the federal workers are enjoying.
“We have introduced a contributory health scheme for the workers and their families to have the cheapest health services in the state. I am happy, with your corporation, today we have the best contributory health scheme in Nigeria.
“We are also collaborating with private organisations in the state to see how they can also benefit from such schemes aimed at strengthening the policy.
“The Kano government has also introduced a health trust fund where five per cent of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue and one per cent from the earning of Local Governments will be contributed, and that will provide health services to our workers and the people of Kano State.
“In addition, we have introduced free and compulsory primary to secondary schools education so that our workers will not have to pinch from their salaries to pay school fees for their children.”