Pensioners demand Payment of 42 Months arrears


Nigerian-pensioners-300x199As part of the annual celebration of the Pensioners’ Day, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has demanded the payment of its members’ 42 months pension arrears without further delay.

In a communique released after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, the NUP also called on the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to quickly address the problems being encountered by pensioners in the ongoing biometric/verification exercise.

The pensioners appealed to the Office of the Accountant General, Budget Office of the Federation and PTAD to work together towards ensuring that their pensions are paid as at when due.

“We demand that the arrears of 42 months of 33 per cent pension increase should be paid without further delay. We also demand the balance of 20.4 per cent that is overdue,” the communique, signed by the national president of NUP, Dr. Abel Afolayan, and the general secretary, Elder Actor Zal, said.

The union commended PTAD for the commencement of the biometric/verification exercise for pensioners, and urged the directorate to sustain and complete the exercise in good time.

The NUP also lamented the lingering disparities in pensions between the old and new pensioners and solicited immediate harmonisation of the old pensions.

It also condemned the recent pronouncement of some governors aimed at reducing the minimum wage. -Leadership

 


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