The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has called on the federal government to support its bid to establish a medical centre that will cater for retirees who have served the country meritoriously.
NUP national president, Dr Abel Afolayan made the appeal yesterday in Abuja during the commissioning of its national headquarters.
Afolayan who decried the plight of the retired senior citizens said a medical centre dedicated to pensioners will offer cheap and affordable healthcare.
He said, “I appeal for more support from you and we already lined up more capital projects ahead of us. We want to have a medical centre, where we would be taking care of our aged members, we intend to establish the pensioners radio and television station were we can reach out to our members easily and also use it as a tool to pressurize the government and enlighten the public about the plight of our people all over the nation.
“We have many laudable ideas inside us, we can only plead for more support from you in order for us to achieve them one by one”.
In his address, the Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam said governors in the country have no reason whatsoever to owe workers’ salaries or pension.
The governor therefore called on the federal and state government to make a policy to ensure that payment of salary, pension and gratuity will be in the first line charge before making any other expenditure when money drops from the federation account.
Gaidam who was speaking during the commissioning of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) headquarters in Abuja advised all the governors in the country who are not up to date in the payment or salary, pension and gratuity arrears to make it a policy to ensure that payment of salary, pension.
He said, “I advise them to be prudent and accountable to the management of the scare resources that are accruing from the federation account.
If you are prudent, you are organised and it help you to properly plan on how to apply the little resources you are receiving from the federal government. And this ensure that salaries are paid as at when due.
If you are prudent, your actually should be able to achieve paying worker’s salary and achieve all others things in your plan.
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