The Head of Service in Ogun State said the increase in deduction of salaries was to make up for the short payments of monies into the Pension Fund Administration.
The Ogun State Government on Wednesday denied the rumours that money is being deducted from workers’ salaries to fund the N340 million West Africa School Examination Certificate, WAEC, fees of candidates in the state and the construction of roads.
The Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, who debunked the reports explained that the recent increase in the deduction from the salaries was to make up for the backlog of monies paid into the Pension Fund Administrations, PFA, account of the workers.
Speaking during the statutory meeting of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council held in Abeokuta, Ms. Adekunle added that the Consortium for the Administration of Salaries and Pensions, CASP, had been short paying the PFA’s for some time with little amount deducted from individual contributors.
She further explained that the arrears were what was deducted from their salaries last month, and tasked workers to contact their PFA’s for more clarification.
Ms. Adekunle assured that everything will be normalized from next month.
“I have the assurance of His Excellency that he would continue to do what is expected concerning the Civil Service in view of its importance to policy formulation process,” she said.
The Head of Service said that the governor vowed that the massive infrastructural development would not hinder his support for other sectors of the economy.
Ms. Adekunle admonished the trade unions to embrace dialogue in resolving issues, according to her, “with the proper use of negotiating council, trade disputes that could otherwise lead to severe industrial actions would have nipped in the bud”.
The Chairman, Trade Union, of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSNC, Sunday Adeegbe, urged the present administration to consider appointing a Permanent Secretary for the Bureau of Pensions to fast-track the payment of pensions to retirees.
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