Declare State of Emergency in Pension Administration, Federal Retirees Tell Buhari
Federal pensioners in Ogun State on Tuesday accused federal government of not paying desired and deserved attention to welfare of the retirees and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in pension administration.
National President of the association, Mr. Kayode Da-Silva, disclosed during a press conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said "many of our members have died on account of this undue and undeserved delay."
According to the pensioners, "only God knows how many of the pensioners had died on account of this undue and undeserved delay. A number of us suffer from age related ailments and must be on drug daily. Such drugs are expensive and how do we take care of it health, when the gratuity and pension are not paid.
"At home front, there is tension because of the inability to discharge domestic responsibilities, many of us still train and feed children who are graduates and unemployed while others still have children in various higher institutions".
He, however, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to declare a state of emergency on pension administration.
He wondered why stipulation by the Contributing Pension Scheme that gratuities of retirees should be paid three months after their retirement, could be delayed for over a year.
Da-Silva stated further that some of the pensioners have been chased out of the houses due to their inability to pay for their rent.
He implored Buhari to order the immediate payment of their pension by Pension Commission (PENCOM) which have been withheld since November, 2015.
"We should not be made to die before our time, Mr. President sir, please save us from further agony. Save our families from hunger and deprivation.
"We are fully aware of the fact that the current administration is fully committed to the general welfare of all Nigerians, especially those who had served this great nation, therefore we hail the Minimum Pension Guarantee (MPG) of the Federal government in this first quarter of 2017 as promised. We hope this will translate to enhanced pension to the least paid pensioners in the Federal service". He pleaded.
Da-silva disclosed that there have been short payment in the payment of entitlements of NTA pensioners due to calculation based on 2004 payslips submitted for verification and therefore urged the government and NTA authority to address the short fall.
He also called on the government to address the delay in the reimbursement of their contribution to the National Housing Fund on retirement money through the Federal Mortgage Bank which is yet to be reimbursed.