Barely two weeks to the resumption of second term academic activities,
the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Edo State Chapter has directed Public Primary school teachers to shun enrollment into Edo State government contributory pension scheme.
The directive was contained in a statement titled, “forceful enrollment into contributory pension scheme” (CPS), signed and made available to newsmen in Benin City, by Mr. Moni Mike Modesty Itua, Assistant General Secretary of the union at the weekend, sparking outrage in the government circle.
The union stressed that directive for members to resist forceful enrollment by the government subsists in line with the resolution of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of the union at its last meeting held on the 29th of December, 2020.
The contributory pension scheme which started in 2017 in Edo State, makes it makes it possible for the deduction of 10 percent of his monthly remittance from individual teachers each to cater for the accrued gratuity entitlements of teachers prior to the commencement of the scheme, as provided in the law.
Recall that the State wing of NUT had on December 29, 2020 issued a 21-day strike notice to the State government over failure to meet its 10-point demands bordering on poor conditions of service, non-payment of outstanding financial entitlements among others.
“As a follow-up to the resolutions of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of the union at its last meeting held on the 29th of December, 2020; especially on the issue of Contributory Pension Scheme for Primary School Teachers in Edo State, I have been directed to inform all SWEC members, school heads and Primary Schools Teachers in the State not to fill any document having to do with contributory pension scheme.
“Not 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 as per the CPS have not received Government positive responses”, he said.
He stated that the directive to primary school teachers not to fill any pension document became inevitable as a result of the failure of the State government to address two issues by the union as regards to the scheme.