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Pensioners Demand N30,000 Minimum Pension



The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has urged the federal government to in line with the on-going negotiation for the approval and implementation of a National Minimum Wage for workers, consider and approve a National Minimum Pension for pensioners by the federal government. The Pensioners who lamented that some pensioners still earn as little as N4,000 monthly as pension backed their demand with sections 173 (3) and 210 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which states that “pensions shall be reviewed every five years or together with any Federal Civil Service salary reviews, whichever is earlier”.
This is just as the union issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to pay the balance of the 12 months arrears of the 33% pension increase of 2010 or face picketing of its offices.
Speaking in Abuja, NUP president, Dr Abel Afolayan said the last pension review was in July 2010 and a new review should have been due in July 2015. He said, “Despite our efforts and submissions, nothing has been done in compliance with the above constitutional provisions. This is the reason why the union has been very vocal and unrelenting in restating its position on the call and demand for a new minimum pension alongside the on-going negotiation for a new minimum wage which by all indications will soon be implemented by the federal government.

“It is therefore our humble request, in accordance with the above constitutional provisions that a uniformed national minimum pension be approved for Nigerian pensioners to be the same as any minimum wage. In other words, whatever amount is approved as minimum wage for workers should also apply as minimum pension for pensioners.
“We believe that whatever is good for the goose is also good for the gander, as both workers and pensioners go to the same market for their daily needs. Regrettably and pathetically too, many pensioners today earn as low as N4,000 per month which is nothing to write home about. With the present economic situation in the country, it is unacceptable and in fact inhuman for a pensioner to earn less than N30,000 which is not even enough to cater for his needs.”
He emphasize that whatever is finally approved as the national minimum wage should equally apply to pensioners as national minimum pension with a corresponding circular.
Afolayan also called for the payment of the balance of the 12 months arrears of the 33% pension increase of 2010.

According to him, several submissions and appeals at different fora to the federal government through PTAD for this payment has failed to yield positive results.

He said consequently, and having been pushed to the wall, the union is therefore compelled to issue a 21-day ultimatum to PTAD in compliance with the extant labour laws after which if no payment is made, pensioners would embark on a protest to picket PTAD and other relevant offices connected with this payment.


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