Government says it will no longer pay the salaries of lecturers and professors aged above 65 years who are teaching in public universities across the country.
In a letter by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), it directed all public universities to delete the names of the affected academic staff from the payroll by the end of the month.
Signed by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Mohammed Salifu, the letter referenced Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution which prescribed age limit of 65 years for appointment in the public sector.
“Based on this premise, it is argued that universities have no justification to engage retired staff above 65 years on post-retirement contract.
“Only post-retirement contract staff in the age group of 60-65 should remain on government payroll,” it said in part.
The letter further directed that all academic staff above 65 are to be taken off government payroll and reassigned as consultants if their services are still required.
If the universities choose to keep these over 65-year-old lecturers and professors then they will bear the cost themselves.
Auditor General, Daniel Domelovo
Also, the letter directed all non-academic staff on post-retirement contract to be deleted from government payroll.
Explaining to Joy News, Prof Salifu said the recent comment by the Auditor General, Daniel Domelovo, about the constitutionality of keeping such people at post necessitated the directive.