Mr Donald Duke, Presidential candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), has promised that the retirement age for civil servants would be extended to 70 years if elected president in 2019. This is because according to him “if lecturers and judges can work up till 70 years, I am sure civil servants can also work till that age”.
He also promised free tuition for primary, secondary and tertiary education in the country.
Mr Duke, represented by Mr Precious Elekima, the Governorship candidate of the party in Rivers, made the promise on Monday in Port Harcourt, at the flags off the party’s campaign for 2019 polls in Rivers.
“Today I am representing our presidential candidate to pass his message to Nigerians and to the people of Rivers State in particular.
His Excellency, Donald Duke, says that everyone matters. You deserve the best in this country. He says that his administration will bridge the gap between the poor and the rich in the country.
We will revisit the handover of schools to missionaries with a view to working out an agreeable partnership, taking into consideration the interest of the public, the missions and the communities.
Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships home and abroad will be offered. Board of governors will be inaugurated for all public primary and secondary schools in Rivers state.
Our pensioners will be on first priority and must be paid first before anyone in the state,” he said.