TUC asks Ortom to suspend PenCom on alleged failure to pay 10% contribution
Saraki visits gov, lauds leadership qualities
Trade Union Congress (TUC), Benue State chapter, has called on Governor Samuel Ortom to suspend the contributory pension scheme in the state over government’s alleged failure to pay its 10 per cent input.
TUC chairman, Gideon Akaa, and Secretary, James Tyokase, made the call in a statement after an emergency meeting in Makurdi.
They also called for the refund of money deducted from civil servants to that effect. The union officials expressed worry over delay in payment of workers salaries for three months. They stressed the need for Benue State Government to clear 2017 August, September, October, November and December salary arrears to end hardship being faced by workers.
They lamented that the development left workers in the state with huge financial indebtedness. They also warned that industrial harmony would not be guaranteed, if the issues raised were not addressed in good time.
But in a recent statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom had said domestication of the National Pension Commission Law was meant to serve as a permanent solution to problems of retiring civil servants.
He explained that when people retire from public service, waiting on government would no longer arise, as their respective pension administrators would pay them.
Meanwhile, a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said Ortom’s leadership qualities have made many people join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the country.
He made the commendation, yesterday, at Benue Government House, Makurdi, during a consultative visit, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said: “I am in Benue because charity begins at home and you must pay honour to whom honour is due. As the leader of PDP in North Central, Governor Ortom has done so much in ensuring that our party is at peace.
“I want to assure you that before the 2023 general elections, All Progressives Congress will loose all its members to PDP. And this time, the President is coming from the Middle Belt, because we have contributed immensely to the development and growth of this country.”
Ortom thanked Saraki, saying the support of Benue people has made the party to keep harvesting people in the state.
Saraki was accompanied by a former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada; former National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje; Senator Suleiman Adokwe; and Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher.