By: Oginyi Nkechinyere
Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Ebonyi State Council has said payments of gratuities; pensions and other entitlements due to retiree’s civil servant in the state were lopsided.
The Union observed that the irregularity has caused untold hardship and untimely death to her members in the state and call on the state Governor Engineer David Umahi to look into their plight.
The Chairman of the body, Chief Nwofe Donatus Okemini, stated this at Peoples Club, Abakaliki on Tuesday during the celebration of pensioners’ day in the state.
According to him, “Payments of gratuity, pensions and others are lopsided because some are paid 10 percent, 20 percent, 30 percent and some 40 per cent, while others are under siege because their case is not known.
“No mop, no bio-data capture; so the system adopted is muddled up as some are not paid at all and no one talks about it anymore”, he said.
He explained that the union had recently addressed a letter to the state governor, Engr. David Umahi seeking to offset the remaining arrears own to her members but all to no avail.
“Five local government areas such as Ishielu, Ikwo, Abakaliki, Ezza North and Ebonyi have not been paid February, 2017 pension till date due to short provision of pension fund then and it seems abandoned.
“They have decided to unjustly discriminate, deprive and marginalize local government pensioners who have not committed any spiritual or moral sin that would warrant such economic sanction of this nature” Okemini stressed.
Also, Mrs. Lilian Nwankwo who is the Chairman Pension Board in the state noted that the state government had addressed the plights of pensioners in the state.
“The board will always strive to make sure that there is a synergy with other government agencies associated with pension matters to ensure that the welfare of pensioners in the state is kept at premium” she noted.
While the Secretary of the Union, Mr. Aruwa Ukpi Aruwa in his remarks told the union that the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage and minimum pension has approved minimum pension to pensioners. That it is at par with minimum wage which is N3,000.00.
Another senior Citizens Comrade Ernest Okorie from Onicha local government area, noted that the delay in payment of their pension especially at the local government level is not the fault of the Governor rather the pension managers and call on Governor Umahi to look into their plight and safe their colleagues from untimely death.