Pensioners of Cocoa Services Division appeal for pension increment

Thursday 8th March, 2018

Koforidua, March 7, GNA - The members of the Association of Retired Workers of Ex-Cocoa Services Division, now Cocoa Health and Extension Division, have appealed to government to restore the increase in their monthly pension

They said, by this, they meant that whenever an increment is announced for all retired public servants, members of their division ought to benefit as well.

Addressing a press conference organized by the Association at Koforidua, the General Secretary of the Association, Mr Aaron Edward Ofori-Tettey, said since October 2012, members of the Association have not enjoyed any increase in their monthly pension whenever such facilities are extended by government to all retired public servants.

He explained that in 2012, the Minister for Finance, Mr Seth Tekper announced that the government can no longer absorb the pensions of some retired public servants under the Cap 30 category and for that matter some state institutions including the ex-Cocoa Services Division should take-over the payment of the pensions of their retired staff.

Mr Ofori-Tettey said the pronouncement of Mr Tekper was not backed by any legislative review for the implementation of the policy and Cocobod refused to implement the policy.

And with this, the members of the Association, though they continue to draw their monthly pension from the Controller and Account General, they do not benefit from any increment when is announced for all retired public servants.

Mr Ofori-Tettey said several presentations had been made to government for reconsideration of their situation without success.

He appealed to government to move from sympathy into action to resolve their situation to enable them to enjoy an increase in their pensions.

The General Secretary also called on public servants to take an interest in their grievances as whatever challenges they encounter, if it remains unresolved, then they would come and meet them.