The Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions has said that tertiary institutions in the state are suffering from what it terms as ‘imposition’ of certain government policies that did not take into consideration the peculiarities of such institutions.
Disclosing this in a statement, signed and issues to journalists in Jos on Monday, by Comr. Paul Dakogol, he observed that, the case of Treasury Single Account (TSA) is still fresh in their minds, which informs that their members will not accept any policy that may end up jeopardizing the present well-organized Pension Scheme being run in their various institutions.
It stated that, the success story of the scheme dates back to 1999, when government stopped giving subvention to institutions and, in an effort to plan for the pension and gratuity of their members, government instead began a monthly contribution of 25 percent of basic salaries towards the payment of these gratuities, while pensioners’ allowances are being paid along with salaries.
According to the statement, this was later reduced to 15 percent in 2007, following the implementation of a “consolidated” salary structure.
It further stated that, “The system has been sustained to this moment by successive governments, through mutual understanding between government and unions. The present Pension and Gratuity Scheme should be strengthened via some legislative frameworks and make it more effective in the face of current reality,” adding that, “Institutions should be allowed to manage the funds in a manner that will guarantee payment of terminal benefits as at when due.”
It also stated that, “Tertiary Institutions should be exempted from the bill, and the present defined benefit scheme should be sustained.”