By Kolade Larewaju
THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given 21 days ultimatum to the Ogun State government to remit workersâ€™ pension fund to the designated Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) or face a showdown with the state workers.
NLC said if by expiration of 21 days the fund is not remitted to PFAs, the entire workforce in the state civil or public service would down tools and never to go back until their demands are met.
In a statement by the state Chairman of NLC, Mr. Clement Adeniyi and the Secretary, Mr. Dotun Dasaolu, the body noted that it has observed with dismay that despite meetings held with Governor Gbenga Daniel over the pension matter, the government has continued to treat it with â€œnon challant attitude,â€ and unwilling to remit the fund to the administrators.
According to the statement, â€œThe State Executive Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ogun State council after an exhaustive deliberation on the matter noted with dismay the non-challant attitude of the Government to this very important matter which borders on the future of entire work-force in the state
â€œConsequently, therefore, SEC in-session directed that a 21 days ultimatum be given to the State Government, within which to remit the 7.5 percent deduction from workers salaries from the month of August 2008 to date and its share of 7.5 percent as stipulated by the Pension Act to the concerned Pension Fund Administartors.
â€œThe state government is by this letter dated August 25, 2009 given 21 – days ultimatum within which to effect remittance of workers contributory pension deduction in full to their respective Pension Fund Administrators [PFAs] failing which the entire workforce in Ogun state Civil/ public service shall proceed on indefinite strike action until the government meets this demand.”