Pensioners to Buhari:We are dying of hunger

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Pensioners in Ondo state have urged the federal and state governors to priortise the welfare of the senior citizens to relieve them of agony being faced after serving the country meritoriously in various capacities.

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They urged the relevant bodies to allow them live decent life before their death,especially during the current economic recession.

The National President of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Dr Abel Afolayan, the Ondo State Chairman of the Union, Chief Raphael Adetuwo, Chairman,Ondo State Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) Mrs. Bosede Daramola and other stake holders spoke during the commissioning of the N250m ultra modern complex of the Union in Akure.

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“The genesis of the structure, we are commissioning today began sometimes in 2014,and took such a relatively short time to reach this level is highly commendable therefore,we hail the state Chairman, Chief R.A Adetuwo and all members of the executives, and all pensioners in the state.

“We saluted Governor Olusegun Mimiko,because the laudable achievements by pensioners in the state has been recorded during his administration.

However,they urged Mimiko to pay entitlements of all pensioners in the state before his exit on February 24 next.

Afolayan listed some challenges facing their members throught out the Federation which include lack of review of pension contrary to the provision of laws in Section 173(3) and section 210(3) of the 1999 constitution.

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Also,he said the problem of e-payment made it difficult for some of their members to access payment since 2009 till date and that some pensioners whose names have been deliberately delected from the payroll on the false premise that they are ghost pensioners

According to him,”There are many pensioners who were bio-metrically verified,captured and enrolled between June and July 2010 and were issued dud cheques which they could not cash till today. There are thousands of pensioners today who are being owed several months pension,with many of them still having their gratuities unpaid.

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“We are in constant dialogue with the National Assembly especially through the House Committee on Pension with a view to ensure compliance with the constitutional provisions on review of pension, on harmonization and speedy payment of the balance of 18 months of the arrears of 33 per cent pension increase.

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