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Nigeria Union of Pensioners

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has lamented increasing hardship and deplorable plight of its members while making a passionate appeal to stakeholders to come to thier rescue especially with the present state of the country.

This was contained in a communique endorsed Comrade William Seleipere and Obong Cosmas Essien, South-South Zonal Chairman and Secretary on behalf of the pensioners.

According to the communique, “the South-South Council observed with dismay that some pensioners are still earning N1,500 (about $1.09), N2,000, N3,000 and therefore urge all State Governments to harmonize increase on the low-income earning pensioners.

The group added, “We also observed that most of the communique issued at the end of our meetings to Government are not attended to by State Governments to ameliorate the plight of pensioners.

They called on all its State Councils to reach out to different State Government to ensure the implementation of most of our communique.

However, the Zonal Council expressed appreciation to Akwa lbom State Governor for payment of gratuity to retired primary school teachers and local government pensioners within his 9 months in office.

They appealed to Akwa ibom State Government to establish Pension Commission or Boards or Bureau to handle the subtle issues of pensioners in Akwa lbom States.

The pensioners called on Committee on Living Wages to consider pensioners for living pensions, since thier condition  is deplorable especially with the acute hunger in the country.

The group rejected the issue of merging the PTAD with the Federal Ministry Finance, stressing that the good works of PTAD in the interest of Pensioners was also appreciated.

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They also highlighted that the prompt reaction of the National headquarters on the issue of NUP representation on minimum wage without relying on NLC representation was appreciated by the Zone.

On the issue of palliative, the meeting called on all State Governors to include pensioners in their palliative scheme, and equally appreciated the States Governors that have done same.

They also appreciated States of Edo & Bayelsa that have implemented the Health Insurance Scheme and advised states yet to implement to do same.

Ministry of Labour and Employment reacts
In his goodwill message  during the opening ceremony, Mr Amuboh Orhoghene, the Akwa ibom state controller federal ministry of labour and employment said his ministry  will in consultation with the Union and other critical stakeholders continue to push for the review of all relevant Labour laws that will improve the welfare of Pensioners and other workers in Nigeria.

“May I also advice that the tripartite mantra of mutual respect and consultation should continually remain the basic for a peaceful relationship between union and its social partners,” he added.

NLC Responds
The state NLC chairman Comrade Sunny James in his goodwill message assured the pensioners of continued partnership of the organized labour to ensure that the receive all thier entitlements including living pensions after years of toiling for thier father land.

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