Retired workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria as well as National Electric Power Authority pensioners have asked the federal government to intervene in the alleged non-payment of their pensions.
On Tuesday pensioners lamented that they had not been paid in the last three months, The Punch reports.
Muhammed Akanji, one of the representatives of the retired workers, stated that the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company had not been regular in payment of pensions to the affected people.
However, he noted that payments were regular until the responsibility of paying them was transferred to NELMCO.
He said that many of the pensioners were undergoing serious economic hardships as a result of the refusal of the company to pay them their dues.
He said: “We are being owed three months’ pensions. This is too much. There is nobody you can run to who will lend you money because they are not sure you will repay on time. Some of our members have died while some have become invalid. Some of them are being held before they can stand. This is always a common sight anytime we hold our meetings.We should not be made to suffer like this after serving our fatherland meritoriously. This kind of shabby treatment will have negative effect on workers who are currently serving because they are telling them that they will not be taken care of after service.”
Akanji announced that the refusal of the NELMCO to pay workers’ pension had deprived some of the retirees’ children of access to education. He added that some of their children had been driven out of schools because of the inability of their parents to pay their fees.