For clearing 42 months pension arrears, pensioners praise Buhari

For clearing 42 months pension arrears, pensioners praise Buhari

- President Buhari has been applauded by pensioners union for paying their pension arrears

- The union said it is a thing of joy that pensioners in Nigeria had enjoyed regular payment of their pensions under the present administration

- Going further, the pensioners urged Buhari to sustain the efforts

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for offsetting the more than 42-month pension arrears owed to its members nationwide.

The head of information of the union, Bunmi Ogunkolade, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, August 7, that the money was paid through the Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

Ogunkolade said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has prioritised pension payment, hence the joy and support of pensioners to his administration."

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He described the feat as laudable and appealed to the president to sustain his effort. He said that it was remarkable that pensioners in Nigeria had enjoyed regular payment of their pensions under the present administration.

The NUP president commended Yobe, Kano, Ogun, Anambra and Jigawa states for prioritising the payment of pensions. He, however, regretted that some states, including Imo and Kogi, were still lagging behind.

He said: “If we are to do an overview of pension activities under this regime, we have said it time without number, that pensioners in Nigeria are grateful to him.

“In four years of Buhari’s administration, we had 42 months pension arrears of 33.4 per cent pension increase in 2010. And in spite of the economic situation, Nigeria went into recession and came out of it, the government, through PTAD, cleared it all.’’

The NUP president, however, said that the union was still awaiting a circular from the National Salaries and Wages Commission for the full implementation of the 15 per cent increase.

He said that the circular was necessary to enable them to know what each pensioner was entitled to get.

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NAN reports that the Pension Reform Act stipulates the review and implementation of a 15 per cent increase for pensioners every five years.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the PTAD on Tuesday, August 6, said the federal government spent over N5 billion on payment of monthly pension to about 300,000 retirees of 270 parastatals and government privatised agencies.

The directorate also dropped 24,000 ghost pensioners from the pension pay roll at the end of its verification exercise conducted in 2017.

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