BY FAVOUR NNABUGWU
ABUJA— Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, has accused National Examination Council, NECO, of violating Federal Government directives on minimum wage, retirement age among others.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, NASU Chairman, Abdulrasheed Rabana, alleged that NECO failed to refund to contributors money deducted from employees for the now scrapped National Housing Fund .
The union said: “The National Housing policy has been cancelled by the Federal Government which instructed that all contributed fund be refunded to contributors. NECO is yet to comply. The deductions made for National Housing Fund should be refunded to the contributors.”
Some of the allegations against NECO also include its failure to pay its employees the N18,500 minimum wage arrears which took effect from March 2011.
The union also asked government to revisit the sale of NECO House which it alleged was sold below the actual value.
”The sale of NECO House in Abuja should be revisited. NECO House in Abuja was sold under dubious circumstance and below the value. The congress of NASU wants the sale revisited.
”It has become eyesore that all you get to see when you browse NECO on internet is scam and fraudulent allegations against its management. NECO is an examinations body where credibility and integrity should be paramount.
“We want to be seen as not condoning corruption. So, we want panel of enquiry set up to look into those allegations.
”The immediate implementation of 65 years retirement age policy as obtained in sister agencies.
The condition of service of those in research institution and under CONRAISS stipulates a 65 year retirement age for the staff which the NECO management has blatantly ignored.”