The board of trustees of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Occupational Pension has been directed by four teacher unions to halt paying pensions to the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA).
According to the unions, the government is accused of having missed eight months’ worth of contributions due to the Ghana Education Service Occupational Pension Plan (Tier 2).
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According to NAGRAT President Angel Carbonu, the decision is intended to provide the Authority enough time to pay all outstanding debts.
“The NPRA is the mandated state institution meant purposely to regulate pensions in this country so if the NPRA is not up to the task, then we are afraid for the pension scheme and the new pension policy. We do not want to melt ourselves down to what SSNIT has become. Therefore, the institutions that have been mandated by the state and law, should be up and doing and not see themselves as an extension of government and appendages of certain ministries.”
The teacher groups includes, Educational Workers Union, the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Ghana National Association of Teachers.