A national Executive Council member of the NLC, Mr Issa Aremu, during an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the launch of the micro pension plan, lamented that 19 governors had yet to domesticate the scheme in their respective states.

He described the failure of some state governments to domesticate the scheme in their states as unacceptable, stating that such practice was against the Pension Reform Act of 2014.

He lamented that while some state governors were finding it difficult to sign their workers onto the scheme, such could not be said of them (the governors) as they had devised ways of making political offices pensionable.

Aremu, who is also the Secretary-General, National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, faulted the practice where governors after serving for two terms of eight years became entitled to a pension.

This, he noted, was against the International Labour Law, which prescribed a minimum period of ten years before a worker could be entitled to a pension.

He said, “We are excited that we are having an inclusive pension scheme. What will make the scheme sustainable depends on the success we have recorded from those who have really been in the scheme.

“Even for the formal sector, there is still so much work to be done. We just have about seven million workers covered and for the formal sector, that is not enough and I see some private sector employers that are not part of the scheme.

“The one that is not acceptable is that some states government have not subscribed to the scheme. As at the last count, only 17 states had signed to the Contributory Pension Scheme.

“This is a compulsory scheme and it should go round. I think the organised labour has to do more because if we are concerned about life at work through wages, we should also be concerned with life after work using pension.”

He added that currently, civil servants in many states were not covered, noting that this implied that when they left work, they would not have much to fall back on.

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