Jubilation has trailed the five year service extension for public primary and secondary school teachers in Cross River by the State governor, Senator Ben Ayade.
The extension was contained in a circular number 1/2023 on Thursday, which was signed by the Head of Service, Mr Timothy Akwaji.
The circular said the extension was in consonance with the provision of the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022,
“In line with the provision of the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022, His Excellency, the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, has approved the harmonization of retirement age for Teachers in the State Public Service with effect from May 1, 2023.
“Henceforth, Teachers in Primary and Post Primary Schools in Cross River State shall retire on attainment of Sixty-five or forty years of service, whichever comes first,” it said.
DAILY POST reports that the announcement triggered jubilation as teachers in the state took turns to extol the Governor over this noble feat, which according to them, is one of Governor Ayade’s most cherished legacies.
Several teachers, opinion leaders and stakeholders in the state have poured encomiums on the governor for approving and gazzeting the extension.