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Ex-Nigeria Airways Staff To Get Final Pension In 2019

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The minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Serika, yesterday, revealed that the outstanding payments of the defunct Nigeria Airways staff would be paid in 2019.

Serika, who revealed this during the question and answer time in Abuja at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum, said the president, Muhammadu Buhari, has given express directives that the funds, about N25 billion, be put into the 2019 budget.

He further explained that the funds would be paid to the workers as soon as the budget is passed in 2019, noting that the government borrowed to pay for the first installment and all the funds have been included in the 2019 budget.

Some staff confirmed receipt of 50 per cent of their pension and gratuities, as promised by the government through their bank accounts after the conclusion of the verification and data capturing exercises.

Recall that the ex-workers had waited for 10 years, having being paid five years’ benefit in November 2008 by late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The airline was liquidated on September 30, 2004 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had said that as the military head of state in 1979, he left about 30 aircraft in the fleet of the airline, only to return in 1999 to meet “just two aircraft managing to fly”.

Within the period of liquidation, about 845 of the supposed beneficiaries had died; while about 20 per cent of them are battling with several health challenges.

The first 1,000 cleared and forwarded to the concerned authorities for payment have confirmed receipt of 50 per cent of the part payment of the severance benefits.





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