Ebonyi makes pension scheme voluntary for workers

By Henry Azubuike, Abakaliki
Ebonyi State Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has disclosed that his government will not make it compulsory for workers in the state to participate in the state’s new pension scheme.
He announced this during meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliate bodies over the controversy surrounding the new pension law at the Government House, Abakaliki on Wednesday.
Umahi, who said that any civil servant willing to opt out should indicate so in writing, added that once done, the person’s name would be expunged outrightly.
“Any worker that doesn’t want to participate in this scheme should in writing, not collectively, state that ‘I don’t want to participate in this pension scheme law.’ Such person will be excluded from the programme,” the governor said.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emma Anya, Umahi reiterated his commitment to the welfare of workers.
He reminded workers that the Nigerian constitution provides in the concurrent list, for each state to make law to suit its financial capacity.
He flayed the NLC Chairman in the state, Ikechukwu Nwafor, for threatening to call a one-million-man match to protest alleged pension scheme deductions from workers salaries.

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