The following Tertiary Unions in Education have informed the general public via the media on the government’s non-payment of deductions to the Ghana Education Service Occupational Pension Scheme (GESOPS).
Thomas T. Mensah, General Secretary of GNAT, Eric Agbe-Carbonu, President of NAGRAT, King Ali Awudu, President of CCT-GH, and Mark Dankyira Korankye, General Secretary of TEWU.
In the joint press release signed by the above-mentioned names, they said the last payment from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to their Pension Scheme was for the month of March 2022, which was paid in January 2023.
Explaining further, they said this means they have nine (9) months outstanding to be paid.
Using the monthly contribution of the month of March 2022 as the basis, they estimated that contributions in respect of members of the Scheme in arrears are in the region of Four Hundred and Thirty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Nineteen Ghana Cedis, Ninety Pesewas (GH¢ 433,379,819.90).
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Below is the shown breakdown of:
Monthly Contributions outstanding, Penalty Surcharge, and its Total.
GH¢ 349,384,121, 91 + GH¢ 83,995,697.99 = GH¢ 433,379,819.90
They added that the resultant danger of this situation is, the Educational worker is being denied any investment value of his or her contribution.
In light of the above, the Unions in Pre-Tertiary Education, wish to state emphatically that if by the end of February 2023, all the arrears are not paid, they have no other option than as the first line of action, take the necessary steps to ensure that the Regulator’s, (National Pensions Regulatory Authority, NPRA) fees are not paid effective March 2023.
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