Omisore Charges EFCC to Probe Aregbesola Over Alleged Embezzlement of Lecturers’ Pension

The gubernatorial flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Dr. Iyiola Omisore has carpeted the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola over the diversion of the Contributory Pension Deductions of workers in tertiary institutions in the state and his insensitiveness to the four-month-old strike of the lecturers.
Senator Omisore in a release signed by his Director of Publicity, Prince Diran Odeyemi said “it is only an illiterate governor that would allow the closure of the four tertiary institutions in the state for about four months without attending to the agitations of the workers”.
Omisore declared that the demands and agitations of the striking workers of the institutions are genuine, legitimate and just, saying it is criminal of the Governor to deduct the 7.5 percent of the workers’ salary for Monthly Pension Contributions as established by the Federal Government without remittance to the Pension Fund Administrators’ (PFA) account for about 20 months.
The gubernatorial hopeful also condemned non-implementation of 65 years retirement age for the academic staffers as gazetted by the federal Government and implemented by all institutions in the country except Osun state.
Omisore added that it is only somebody who had never seen the four walls of a university that could be insensitive to the yearnings of educators in the state.
He challenged the governor to give detail accounts of what he has done with the lecturers’ pensions running to about N20 billion.
He also sought the explanations of what Mr. Aregbesola has contributed to develop the institutions since his assumption of duty in the state. He noted that laboratories and workshops of the institutions are empty while the welfare of the staffers is not improved.
He also condemned the sack threat posed on the workers of the institutions, saying “how can a state governor give such an obnoxious order to members of academic community to go and resume a four-month-old industrial strike without a solution to their demands”.
He, however, called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to look into the workers’ monthly Pension contribution embezzled by the state government in order to bring reliefs and succor to pains of the entire workforce in the state.
He also urged parents and guardians in the state to prevail upon the insensitivity of Mr. Aregbesola on the legitimate demands of the striking tertiary institutions’ workers.
It would be recalled that academic activities have been paralysed in the four tertiary institutions in Osun State: Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; Osun State Colleges of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun, as a result of industrial action embarked upon by lecturers and non-teaching staff of the institutions over non-remittance of their monthly Contributory Pension deductions to the Pension Managers since about 20 months ago, and non-implementation of 65 years retirement age of the academic staffers of the institutions.

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