Governor of Kano State, North-West, Nigeria, Abdullahi Ganduje has extended the retirement age for teachers and lecturers working with the state owned institutions of learning to 65 years.
Ganduje announced this at the award night marking the 2021 May Day organised by the Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kano.
“The Federal Government has since approved this for teachers and lecturers working in its institutions, hence, teachers in Kano State are also not left behind.
“Therefore, our teachers and lecturers as from now on will 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 workers in the state and their families to have the cheapest health services.
“I am happy that with your co-operation, today we have the best contributory health scheme in Nigeria.
“We are also collaborating with the private organisations in the state to see how they can benefit from such schemes aimed at strengthening the policy.’’
The governor also said that the state government had introduced a health trust fund where five per cent of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and one per cent from the earnings of local governments would be contributed.
“And that will provide health services to our workers and the people of Kano State.’’
Ganduje added that the state government would serve as a guarantor for civil servants working in the state who would be willing to access loan facilities from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He also said that his administration had introduced free and compulsory primary to secondary schools education.
“Through that, our workers will not have to pinch from their salaries to pay school fees or the Campus Life.”