Ogun NLC decries unpaid pension deduction

The Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour
Congress has decried the state government’s
failure to pay the contributory pension deductions
and other backlog of arrears of its workers for five
years.
The state chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, said
this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on
Wednesday while briefing journalists at the union’s
secretariat.
He said many workers in the state were becoming
restless, agitated despondent.
According to him, there were unremitted pension
deductions, cooperative deductions, gratuities,
dues and others.
He said, “We have a backlog of unpaid contributory
pension scheme of 60 months, we also have
unpaid dues of seven months.
“We have unpaid cooperatives dues and other
deductions of about eight months. We are also
having an outstanding arrears of gratuities from
November 2012 till date that have not been paid to
retirees.”
Ambali, who acknowledged the dwindling allocation
from the Federal Government, said the government
must treat workers’ welfare as a priority.
The union leader, who commended President
Muhammadu Buhari for the recent bailout of
N713.7bn approved by his administration,
however, warned state governors not to divert the
fund to settle other debts.
He noted that the bailout would only be a bonus to
Ogun State government as Governor Ibikunle
Amosun had promised to pay all unremitted
cooperative deductions by the end of the month.
Ambali said, “Now that we are having a bailout
from the Federal Government, workers are afraid
that some governors might use that money to
settle other commitments. We are not saying Ogun
State government would do that but we are being
proactive.
“We want to appeal to the Ogun State government
to ensure that that money is judiciously and
properly used to settle these outstanding arrears.
“The NLC also noted that subvention to higher
institutions in Ogun State has not been remitted
since January till date. We are aware that the
workers of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu
Ijebu, are struggling to get their salaries up till now,
these pathetic situations call for concern.”
On the recent proscription of workers’ unions in
TASCE, Ambali said the government did that in
error, adding that the executive has no such
power.

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