The Senate on Thursday rejected a bill seeking the extension of retirement age for National Assembly staff to 65 years.

The bill seeks an extension of the retirement age of staff of the National Assembly Service from 60 to 65 years of age and from 35 to 40 years in service whichever comes earlier.

The bill, if it scaled through, would extend the service years of over 200 workers who are due to retire between 2024 and 2026 including the current clerk, Sani Magaji Tambawal, according to records from the National Assembly.

It was passed in the House of Representatives in December 2023 and transmitted to the Senate for concurrence in line with parliamentary procedures.

While some vehemently opposed the extension of service years, arguing that it would affect the career progression of junior workers, others backed it, saying it would give staff the opportunity to grow for better service delivery.

The Senate, however, stepped down the bill after the majority of lawmakers spoke against the extension during debate.

February 23, 2024

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