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Niger Workers Want To Pull Out Of Contributory Pension

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 6:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Niger State says it has discovered irregularities in the implementation of the 7.5 per cent Contributory Pension Scheme and the 2.5 per cent Housing Scheme of the state government.

It has, therefore, demanded a stop of the implementation of the schemes forthwith.

State NLC chairman, Comrade Yahaya Idris Ndako, disclosed this in Minna, the state capital, insisting that workers in the state are opting out of the entire plans.

Yahaya said it is regrettably that not all the funds deducted under the arrangement were deposited in the banks, expressing the resolve of civil servants in the state not to allow anybody short-change the state civil service by making away with monies meant for workers.
He said the congress has resolved to fight against all forms of fraudulent deductions from the scheme by calling on the state government to repeal the law establishing the 7.5 per cent Contributory Pension Scheme in the state.

Yahaya gave details of workers’ demands from the state government to include restoration of leave grant and upward review of rent subsidy from 20 per cent to 40 per cent, stopping of appointment of non-professionals to head agencies and, as well domesticate 65 years retirement age for non-teaching staff of tertiary institutions in the state.
He gave other demands of the workers in the state to include hastening of the clearance of payment of gratuities to retired workers and implementation of 60 per cent pension increment since 2014 without delay, restructure and strengthening of the Ward Development Project and revitalisation of cottage industries.

Yahaya advised the incoming government to operate an open door policy and as well resist attempts by political jobbers to give bad advice that will undermine the social services and good governance needs of Nigerlites.