Some members of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education (SSUCOEN), Abeokuta Branch on Monday 13th May, 2019 at an emergency meeting of the Union held at the SSUCOEN Hall expressed their dissatisfaction on the refusal of the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS to give them access to medical attention based on age restriction.
At the meeting, some members complained that they were denied medical attention by their HMOs because they were above sixty years of age as opposed the sixty-five years approved retirement age for Federal Colleges of Education. They therefore, enjoined the Union Executive to look into it as a matter of urgency.
The Director, Medical Centre, Dr. T.A Avovome, corroborated the issue by stating that the new retirement age of sixty-five years had not been enshrined into the operation of the NHIS.
The Union Chairman, Com. Emmanuel D. Iyasere thereby pleaded with affected members to exercise patience as the issue would be addressed at the Zonal and National levels.
The Chairman also promised an elaborate 2019 Union Week to all members saying that the Union Week would be celebrated in grand style as they proposed to celebrate and appreciate retired members of the Union for their contribution during service. He further stated that an Election Committee would be set-up immediately after the Zonal Delegates Conference in Kwara State College of Education, Oro.
Also speaking at the meeting was the South West Zonal Chairman, Com. Ebun Atinuke. He noted that Federal College of Education Abeokuta Branch was one of the very few branches that were vibrant, impactful and relevant at the National level.