- Senator Shekarau alleged the Nigerian government is owning pensioners over 400 billion
- The senator vowed the 9th National Assembly will ensure the debt is offset even it is the only achievement it will be remembered for
- Shekarau warned that non-adequate payment of pensions will lead to suffering if not timely address
Senator Ibrahim Shekarau claims pensioners are currently being owed over N400 billion by the Nigerian government.
Premium Times reports that the senator made this claim on Monday, December 2, at the second annual National Assembly retreat with the Pension Funds Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) held in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.
The lawmaker vowed that his committee will work with the federal government to ensure the debt is fully settled “even if it would be the only achievement that the 9th National Assembly would be remembered for."
Shekarau added that the committee under his leadership has written the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to liaise with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the backlog of pension arrears is fully paid.
He said the committee will also work with government officials and agencies and pension operators to ensure the situation is addressed.
He also mentioned that state governments also owe their retirees, a situation he said will lead to suffering if not timely address.
Adequate payment of pensions has been one of the trending issues in Nigerian politics recently.
Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle on Wednesday, November 27, signed a new bill into law which banned the payment of jumbo allowances to the past political leaders in the state.
Signing the bill, Matawalle lamented that it was regrettable that though the state has a backlog of workers’ pensions to the tune of N10 billion, his predecessor, Abdulaziz Yari, was asking to be paid N120 million annually.
The Zamfara state governor promised to use the money that would have been paid to the former governors and others to address the problem of rising unemployment among youths in the state.
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