The Nigeria Union Pensioners is seeking for a N25,000 monthly pension for pensioners in the country, lamenting that pensioners are still paid less than N5,000 pension monthly despite the high rate of inflation and economic recession. President of NUP, comrade Abel Afolayan who spoke at the union’s national executive council also decried months of unpaid pensions by state governor’s declaring that many state pensioners were being owed over 12 months, while many across the country had remained for many months without any payment.
Afolayan however commended governors of lagos, jigawa, anambra, enugu and yobe states for prompt payment, saying that these states are not owing their pensioners any monthly pensions and dues and we will not hesitate to sing their praise. Civil servants on the queue for verification exercise. He advised the defaulting governors to make amends so that old men will not be forced to lay curses on them with their gray hair. He also demanded for immediate payment of the 18 months of the 33% pension arrears to the civil pensioners and 39 months areas owed the police pensioners.
On the demand for N25.000 monthly pension, he contended that it was a criminal offence for a pensioner to collect less than N5,000 monthly in this time of serious economic recession. Before I left Osogbo for this meeting, my wife told me a bag of rice is now N22,000, It means that that even the N25,000 we are asking can only buy a bag of rice. I should tell you, as at now some pensioners are still paid less than N5,000. It is a criminal offence for a pensioner to collect less than N5,000 in a month.
The NUP president said the union entered into a long negotiation with the FG for the upward review of pension which eventually yielded result when the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, directed that Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to issue a circular for 33% pension increase effective July 1, 2010. He said that resulted in the payment 24 months to civilian pensioners across the country out of the 42 months arrears, remaining a balance of 18 months, of which we have a very good assurance that government will pay the balance soonest.
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