In a bid to resolve the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Senate has pegged the retirement age of university professors at 70 years. The extant retirement age is 65 years. The nation’s upper legislative chamber on Wednesday raised the retirement age of other academics below the professorial level from 60 years to 65 years along with Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU).
Last year, Prof. Ruqqayat Rufa’i told the Senator Uche Chukwumerije-led Education Committee that the insistence of ASUU on the raising of retiring age of university professors from 65 to 70 years had always stopped negotiations between government and the union. In his remarks during the passage of the bill, which scaled the crucial third reading yesterday, Senate President David Mark said since the Senate had granted ASUU’s request, they should consider the students and return to the classrooms.