Pension Arrears: We May Be Forced To Protest If...NUP

Pension Arrears: We May Be Forced To Protest If...NUP
NUP Chairman,Comrd Collins Nwankwo
Pension Arrears: We May Be Forced To Protest If...NUP

Pension Arrears: We May Be Forced To Protest If...NUP
..Say Their Patience Has Expired

From Madu Barth,Port Harcourt

Pensioners in Rivers State,under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) have threatened to embark on strreet protest unless the Rivers State Government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike urgently addresses their grievances. 

This was disclosed by the Chairman of NUP,Rivers State Branch,Comrd Collins Nwankwo, while fielding questions from journalists in Port Harcourt. The Chairman outlined their grievances as, accumulated initial pension arrears, gratuities,death benefits,harmonized pension earnings and non-implementation of increases on pension rates.

Comrd Nwankwo lamented that months after an agreement to set up a tripartite committee to address "the issues of adjustment of pensions in line with the Constitution and payment of pensions and gratuities," the Rivers State Government has refused to do anything about it.

"It is very pathetic that the usual payment of gratuities,initial pension arrears and death benefits which hitherto was a thing of joy,has become a source of punishment to our living pensioners and survivors of the deceased ones,whose only offence was that they rendered meritorious services to their State," Nwankwo said.

He said unless the government act swiftully,the pensioners may be forced to mobilize their members for a protest. The Chairman said moreso, several letters written to government on the matter  received no attention.

"Consequently,the leadership of the NUP State Council in response to the agitation and restiveness of its members after waiting for two months, issued a press statement for our State Government to take steps within two weeks, to implement item No. 6 of the agreement reached with Labour. This call was to avoid unpleasant situation where the old men and women who are the members of the NUP in the State, would go public in protest with these resolvable grievances," the NUP Chairman said.

You would recall that the Organized Labour and the Rivers State Government had on 7/9/2020 agreed to set-up a tripartite committee to address the Pensioners grivances, which has not seen the light of the day months after it was entered into.