The members of staff of the Ondo State Government-owned tertiary institutions comprising of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) and the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) are currently in confusion as regards two different statements emanating from the State Government on the issue of retirement age.
Report revealed that the situation was as a result of the directive from the office of the Secretary to the State Government for the management of the institutions to disregard the letter earlier addressed to the affected institutions on the approval of new retirement age for staff.
In separate letters addressed to the heads of the universities, the Attorney General, Kola Olawoye SAN, had revealed that the Ondo state government had approved a new retirement age for its institutions.
The letter stated that the new retirement age was approved by the State Executive Council in their meeting which was held on Monday 6th of May, 2019.
According to Olawoye, a new retirement age for a Professor was pinned down at 70 years from 65 years, while other academic staff will now retire at the age of 65 years old, noting that the new retirement age for non-academic staff in all institutions has been fixed for 65 years from the previous 60 years old which takes immediate effect.
However, in another separate letter, dated May 23, 2019 which was also addressed to heads of instittutions, the SSG, Ifedayo Abegunde advised management of the universities to disregard the Attorney General’s position on the new retirement age.
Abegunde, in his letter, while confirming the newly approved retirement age, advised the management of the universities to stick with the ages contained in their laws.
“The attention of the Ondo State Government has been drawn to a letter addressed to the VCs of AAUA and OSUSTECH respectively on the aboce subject matter.
“The state government wishes to state that although the new retirement age for academic and non-academic staff in tertiaty institutions in the state has been approved by the State Executive Council, however, the law establishing the institutions have to be amended before the new retirement age can take effect.
“The managements of tertiaty institutions in the state are therefore advised to disregard the letter on the new retirement ages and adhere to retirement ages contained in the respective edit establishing the institutions,” the SSG wrote.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, has confirmed that the new retirement age was approved by the State Executive Council (SEC).