Association wants employers to pay retirees gratuities

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to direct restoration of payment of gratuities to public service employees.

The association’s President, Mr Tommy Okon, made the call at the opening session of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Monday in Lagos.

“There should be provisions in the proposed Pension Act that employers should pay gratuity.

“We have sent a formal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter as a follow up to our memo which the council has submitted.

“We have done advocacies to some government agencies that are fully in the act to ensure gratuity is paid.

“That will be a stabiliser because pension is paid monthly, gratuity is a lump sum that is given in appreciation; once gratuity is paid, delay in pension payment will be checkmated,” Okon said.

He also called on the government to ensure foreign exchange was made available to manufacturers to enable them increase their local production.

According to him, production of goods and services stimulate businesses and the informal sector will grow.

Okon said: “The NEC-in session, therefore, enjoined the government to take necessary measures to improve its monetary and fiscal policies to shore up the naira and check the consistent downward slide of the currency.”

He also urged the government to rejig the nation’s security architecture and reposition it to meet the aspirations of the citizens.

Okon said that the issue of state police would salvage the insecurity challenges in the states.

“The state House of Assembly should adopt a model which will encourage the state police to also adopt a model.

“The state police should have a composition of state commission that will oversee and monitor operations of the force.

“It should ensure members of such commission will be representative of labour leaders, political parties, prominent citizens of the state, traditional rulers, students and non-governmental organisations.

“By so doing, we believe the government will not have control of the state police; it will help checkmate the corruption in their domain,” Okon said. (NAN)

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