by Michael Oche, Abuja
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has called on the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) and other relevant agencies of government to quickly begin the disbursements of the N740bn recently approved for release by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for the settlement of the outstanding pension liabilities and promotion arrears.
In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Actor Zal, the union said the early disbursement will assuage the pains and sufferings of the senior citizens who had worked selflessly for a greater and indivisible Nigeria.
The union while appreciating the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for the release of N740bn said it has also learnt that the liquidation of all pension arrears by the government will start in soon.
It therefore appealed members nationwide to exercise a little more patience, as the government is ready to facilitate the payment of all entitlements in due course through the treasury bills and bonds.
“Suffice it to say payments of the arrears of 33% pension increase, (18 months for civilian pensioners and 39 months for police pensioners) as well as the backlog of arrears of gratuities that were owed pensioners since 2001 shall be liquidated.
“PTAD will equally commence the verification of pensioners from the South West and North Central zones within few weeks from now. The dates and venues of the exercise will be announced as soon as funds are released through print and electronic media by PTAD accordingly.
“The NUP equally wishes to appreciate the efforts of the chairman House Committee on Pension, Hon. Hassan Shekarau and the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Bar. (Mrs) Sharon Ikeazor for their frantic and unshakeable efforts in this regard.”
We call on them and all other well-meaning Nigerians, to join hands with the federal government to ensure that this payment is done without further delay so as to assuage the pains and sufferings of our senior citizens who had worked selflessly for a greater and indivisible Nigeria.”
The union meanwhile directed all its members from the States, LGAs and parastatals across the country to take advantage of the on-going voters registration exercise towards equipping themselves with voters cards in readiness for the 2019 general election so as to cast their votes for and against those who have been treating them fairly and those who have been treating them with disdain and levity respectively.