A total of 1,189 pensioners from Nasarawa State yesterday dragged the state government to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Makurdi, over non payment of gratuity and pension arrears.
Addressing the court in Makurdi, Sunday Okpale, counsel to the plaintiff (Pensioners), told the court that his clients were being paid in percentage for two years five months.
He said that since September 2016 to date his clients were being paid their monthly pension in percentage.
The counsel said the matter was scheduled for hearing, but the respondents which includes: state government, pension board and the director general of the pension board were not represented in court.
He therefore appealed that the court should grant them summary judgment to compel the government to pay his clients their balance and gratuity.
Similarly, Ibrahim Idris, one of the pensioners, told newsmen that despite various interventions, Paris Club refund, bailout from the federal government (FG), the state government refused to either pay their arrears or gratuity.
The spokesperson added that some of them retired since 2011 but were not paid their gratuity up till now.
Idris, added that they could no longer pay their children school fees and meet other needs of their families.
In his ruling, Justice Salish Danjida, the presiding judge, adjourned the matter to February 11, 2019 for summary judgment.
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