By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE problem of remittanc-es of pension deductions from workers’ salaries and payment of pensions to retired civil servants by state governments across the country, has reached a boiling point.
What this means is that such a state government cannot claim to have lived up to its responsibility to its workers and pensioners.
This must have informed the statement by the Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, accusing Ogun State Government of failing in its obligations to workers and pensioners in the state.
In the statement by its Secretary, Eko John Nickolas, SPN among others said: “Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led APC government has worsened the economic wellbeing and working conditions of Ogun civil servants by its refusal to pay workers’ 48 months leave allowances and 18 months deductions since 2015 till date; failing to remit the pension funds deducted from workers’ salaries in the last 90 months to the contributory pension scheme; deferring promotion in arrears for the last three years, and still running; owed retirees’ gratuities for several months; sacking trade union leaders; inconsistently releasing monthly running cost thereby compelling civil servants to spend part of their meagre salaries after deductions to pay for electricity bills in their various offices to avoid disconnections, buy papers to generate reports and pay for its production at private business centres at personal cost; and openly expressing its unwillingness to support workers’ demand for new minimum wage.“