By Michael Oche, Abuja –
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has urged the federal government to review the current minimum pension for pensioners in the old pension scheme to an upward rate of N25, 000
The union lamented that despite the increase in cost of living, pensioners in the country still earn as little as N10,000 as monthly pension.
Speaking at this year’s pensioners day, NUP president, Dr Abel Afolayan expressed displeasure on the non-inclusion of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the Minimum Wage Review Committee recently inaugurated despite their many requests.
He however expressed hope that justice will be done to the issue of minimum pension by the committee.
On the payment of the outstanding 12 months of 33% pension increase to civil pensioners, and 18 months to the police pensioners and other parastatals, Afolayan appealed to the federal government to ensure that funds are released before the end of this year.
He said, “I humbly appeal to government to make pension payable from first line charge and ensure that pensioners are paid before serving workers that is on or before 25th of every month.
“I must thank profoundly the federal government for paying the monthly pensions of federal pensioners regularly.
“I humbly appeal, however for finding a way of clearing the backlog of pension arrears owed the core civil service pensioners and the parastatals. I wish to especially plead with federal government that sufficient funding be released to pay all the verified, captured and pay rolled pensioners after the end of verification exercises. We note with satisfaction and gratitude that payments are being made to some verified pensioners in some states.”
In his address, the Secretary to the government of the federation, Mustapha Boss said President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to improving the welfare of pensioners in the country.
Mr Boss who was represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services at the SGF, Dr Roy Ugo said President Buhari is aware of the plight of pensioners in the country and would not relent until their condition improves.