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Nurse Tutors Drag Federal Government To Court Over Retirement Age


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nurse educators serving under the Federal Ministry of Health have filed a suit against the Federal Government of Nigeria, seeking an interpretation of the newly signed harmonized retirement age for teachers in the county.

A Nurse Educator, who is an Assistant Director, Mrs. Abba Ugo Cecelia, in the suit No. FHC/183/2023, filed at the Federal High Court Enugu, said the legal action was a last resort after both the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Federal Ministry of Health failed to respond to her letters.

Speaking to Newsmen at the Federal High Court premises, Enugu, the plaintiff said though President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the bill as passed by the nation’s National Assembly NASS, the Ministry of Health was foot-dragging in the implementation.

Other defendants in the matter are, includes, the Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, the Minister of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health respectively.

Coming by way of originating summon, the plaintiff, said the class action suit for herself and on behalf of others, is asking the court to determine as follows:

“whether by the widest construction of the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act 2022 (as recently signed into law by His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari) and other relevant extant applicable laws, the applicant and all other persons belonging to her class and being registered nurse/educators working with institutions under the federal ministry of health are entitled to benefit from and or retire upon the attainment of the new retirement age of 65 years and length of service of 40 years as contained and envisaged under the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act 2022.



“Whether by the widest construction of the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act 2022 (as recently signed into law by His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari) and other relevant extant applicable laws, the applicant and all other persons belonging to her class and being registered nurse/educators working with institutions under the Federal Ministry of Health care and should be considered as education officers, irrespective of their postings for the purpose of benefiting from the new retirement age of 65 years and length of service of 40 years as contained and envisaged under the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act 2022.

“Whether it was right for the defendants/respondents and their staff/agents/servants to work or act contrary to the clear stipulations and general intendments of the Federal Government as contained in circular of the Federal Ministry of Education dated 23rd June, 2022, signed by one Andrew David Adejo (Permanent Secretary) and the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act 2022, as recently signed into law by His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.” She also prayed the court that upon determining the issues in their favour, the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five million Naira) should be awarded to her as general and aggravated damages.

However, counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Chijioke Ezeh stated that Abba, “the substantive coordinator of nurse tutors institute Enugu, filed a class action suit, for herself and representing all such persons in her category working under the Federal Ministry of Health.

According to the lawyer, “We are expecting the court to answer relevant questions and make necessary consequential declarations.”
Our Correspondent who was at the Court reports that no date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.


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