A renowned Niger Delta based human rights activist and world peace ambassador, Comrade Amb. Sheriff Mulade, has appealed to the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to order for the remittances of the state government counterpart fund in the contributory pension scheme as well as pay gratuities of civil servants in order for them to get their benefits as soon as they retire while alive.
Comrade Amb. Mulade decried a situation whereby workers in Delta state civil service from local government to other parastatals will work and retire without getting their benefits as soon as they retire.
The peace ambassador said it is shameful and embarrassing that workers in Delta state pay roll are charged from source their contributory pension but very ironical that Delta state government does remit its own counterpart fund in the pension scheme which makes it difficult for workers to access their pension and other benefits accruing to them when they retire from the state civil service.
According to Comrade Mulade, statistics and investigations carried out showed that Delta state government does remit their contribution monthly for workers’ pensions but goes ahead to remove that of workers from their salaries every month across all ministries, departments and agencies, saying if not curtailed, it may lead to more human casualties.
He urged Dr. Okowa to take speedy measure by making sure he clears arrears and benefits of civil servants who retire before he came onboard and in his administration even as he embarks on his second tenure in order to save lives of retired civil servants.
The Niger Delta environmentalist advised Dr. Okowa to show good example by clearing teachers backlog pensions as well as others and put an end to four to five year’s time before retired people get their pensions benefits as part of strong finishing legacies after his successful second term in office.