The University of Cape Coast (UCC) Pensioners Association has commended management of the University for the prompt payment of their medical expenses whenever they submit their bills for reimbursement.
The Vice-Chairman for the Association, Mr. F. M. Sam gave this commendation when the association held their annual get-together at the St. Peter’s Seminary, Pedu in Cape Coast. He indicated that the association was still in discussion with management of the University to put in place an arrangement that will enable pensioners to access health care without paying upfront.
He expressed gratitude to God for keeping most of their members alive to witness another year and also meet as an association to interact and have fun.
The Secretary of the association, Mr. Francis Darko, gave a recap of the activities of the year which included health screening and a talk on cervical cancer, facilitated by the University Health Services. He noted that five pensioners won awards at the Senior Citizens party held by the Central Regional Coordinating Council in 2015.
Mr. Darko reported that the Association also hosted the Joint University Pensioners Association Conference at the University of Cape Coast to discuss issues of the single spine salary structure with participants from four Public Universities. He added that a communique was later sent to the appropriate authorities including the Vice-Chancellors Ghana, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education after the conference. He finally indicated that the association also attended funerals of some members who departed during the year.
The Chairman of the UCC Branch of the Federation of Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG), Mr. Daniel Egyir lauded the cordial relationship between FUSSAG and the UCC Pensioners Association. He noted that FUSSAG has been inviting the executives of the Pensioners Association to interact with senior staff who were about to retire every year. He commended them for always liaising and sharing their experiences with active staff of UCC.
For his part, the Chairman of the UCC Teachers and Education Workers Union(TEWU), Mr. Stephen Williams said he was glad to meet majority of the pensioners at the event. He entreated them to live lifestyles that would promote their good health.