Workers in Edo state public service have rejected plans by the state government to commence with immediate effect deductions from their monthly salaries to fund a fixed deposit account prior to a financing contributory pensions scheme.
To drive home their seriousness, they have issued a seven day ultimatum to the state government to withdraw the planned action or face unpleasant consequences that will cripple activities in the state.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in the state, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun while addressing a press conference in Benin, the Edo state capital at the weekend, expressed surprise at a letter issued by the Head of Service, announcing the government’s plan to begin the exercise this month.
He said, “You can’t deduct workers salaries and keep it in a fixed deposit without paying the fund to the pension fund administrators as required by law.”
According to the NLC chairman, “The Head of Service should follow the due process of the law, he must constitute a commission to regularize that of the state and local governments and put the PFA in place. The Head of Service cannot single handedly pick PFA for Edo state workers.
“We are going to resist it to the last and this will lead to industrial action and disharmony in Edo state soon. We are not going to give a long term ultimatum and if the circular is not withdrawn within seven days we shall embark on street protest to press home our demands.”
Ademokun described the exercise as shocking to workers in the state as platforms and institutions are expected needed to be put in place before the commencement of the scheme.
He cautioned the Head of Service against ‘single-handedly picking a Pension Fund Administrator, PFA for Edo workers’ instead of allowing due process of law to take its course in the implementation exercise.


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