Pensioners in Bauchi State who retired from the civil service have decried the non payment of their pension allowances by the State Government to the tune of N6.4 billion, saying the development has continued to unleash untold hardship on them and their families.
The State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners [NUP], Alhaji Habu Garr disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Monday, saying the Union has over 20, 000 members in the state.
According to him, “Government owes the state pensioners the gratuity of N3.4 billion and N3 billion for the Local Governments retirees
“We are urging them to settle the beneficiaries immediately so they can get some relief from their present difficulties.
He appealed for an upward review of the current pensions in the State in line with the 1999 constitution of the country, saying it stipulates that pensions must be reviewed after every five years or when salaries are increased, pointing out that the State Government is yet to implement that, despite the fact that civil servants wages were improved last year.
Garr further stated that the union had once approached the state Governor, Isa Yuguda through the Head of Civil Service, and a committee
was set up to deliberate over the matter but since the submission of its report in June 2012, nothing has been done to that effect.
The Chairman, who however applauded the state government for the regular payments of monthly pensions to beneficiaries, reminded it on
the earlier pledge to donate vehicles to the union with a view to facilitating their mobility.
Category: Bauchi State News