The Edo State chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed its members to shun efforts to enrol them into the state government’s contributory pension scheme.
The union gave the directive via a statement issued by its Assistant General Secretary, Mr Moni Itua, on Sunday in Benin.
Itua said that the decision was based on a resolution of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of the NUT at its last meeting held on Dec. 29, 2020.
It would be recalled that the union had, on Dec. 29, 2020, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government over alleged failure to meet its 10-point demand concerning the poor conditions of service, among others.
Itua said: “I have been directed to inform all school heads and primary school teachers not to fill any document having to do with contributory pension scheme, no matter the source of such document, until the union directs otherwise.
“The above directive became inevitable because the two fundamental issues raised by the union concerning the pension scheme have not received government’s positive response,” he said.
Itua said that the fundamental issues, which had yet to be resolved, included the tier of government which would be responsible for the monthly remittance of 10 per cent of contributions to the pension accounts of individual teachers, particularly those at the primary school level.
He also said that the NUT wanted the state government to cater for the accrued gratuity entitlements of teachers, prior to the commencement of the scheme, as provided by law.
Itua said that the directive to the teachers not to fill any pension document had, therefore, become inevitable as a result of the failure of the state government to address the two controversial issues regarding the scheme.