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Review retirement to 70 years to stop age falsification by civil servants – Cleric

The cleric said many civil servants falsified their age to spend more years in public service.

Godfrey Gopep, Parish Priest of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, has asked the federal government to review the retirement age to 70 years to discourage civil servants from falsifying their age.

Mr Gopep said this during his sermon on Sunday in Jos, adding that such a move would address some of the challenges that retirees in the country were currently facing.

The cleric, who decried the rising spate of unemployment in the country, added that the move would also reduce incidences of falsification of age by people to be employed.

He added that it would also enable those who get employed late to enjoy some good years in service before retiring.

“Because of scarcity of jobs and high rate of unemployment in the country, most people get to be employed in their 40s.

“So, I want to call on the Federal Government to review the retirement age of civil servants from 60 to 70 years.

“If this is done, those who get employed a bit late can also have enough time to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.

“It will also curtail the act where people have to reduce their ages just so that they can get employed and also spend some good years in service,” he said.



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