Ex-workers of Intercellular Petition PenCom, EFCC over N230m Pension Debt


Chineme Okafor in Abuja

Former workers of InterC Network, a data service provider formerly known as Intercellular Nigeria Plc, have asked the National Pensions Commission (PenCom), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to look into their claims that the company has refused to remit into their respective Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA), N230 million worth of pension deducted from their salaries.

The workers also requested the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Assembly to intervene in the alleged pension remittance default, saying that InterC Network took about 82 months pension contributions of 400 workers but failed to remit same to their Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).

A petition on this was signed on behalf of the workers by their leader, Mr. Barack Lawrence, and made available to THISDAY on Sunday in Abuja. The former workers alleged that the company disengaged them from its service without paying them their outstanding salaries running into 22 months, as well as their pensions and other legal entitlements due to them.

They also stated that their former employer refused to remit deductions to the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) between 2004 and 2005, a period immediately preceding the establishment of PenCom and its enabling act which required employers to transfer all NSITF deductions and contributions to their PFAs.

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