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SAVBEDE decries non-payment of pension increase arrears
THE State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Chief Silver Michael Savbede (JP) has welcomed delegates of the South-South Zonal Forum of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners to their Zonal meeting held at Adams Oshiomhole’s Hall, Labour House, Asaba recently.
The delegate meeting attracted delegates from Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Rivers and Edo States.
In his welcome address, Chief Savbede JP appreciated His Excellency Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor for paying pensioners in the State regularly as at when due. He noted that the 33% granted Pensioners since July 1, 2010 has partially been implemented. He appealed to the State Government to put machinery in place to ensure that the 99 months arrears are paid without further delay.
Chief Savbede appealed to Governor Okowa to quickly effect the payment of the 30,000 monthly minimum wage approved for Nigeria workers effective from 18th April 2019 once the necessary directive for the implementation of the consequential salary adjustment is received from the Federal Government as it affects pensioners
In a communique issued at the end of the one day South-South Zonal Forum of the NUP, signed by Comrade P E Noruwa, Zonal Chairman, Comrade Obong Cosmos M Essien JP Zonal Secretary and Comrade B E Ettah, National Vice President, South South appreciated Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for implementing the 33% pension increase, but appealed to the State Government to pay the arrears of 99 months across board not by segmentation in line with Federal Government circular.
“We condemn in strong terms, the segmentation of the payment of 33% increase, and call on the state government to do the needful by paying the increase across board, as is done in other States of Nigeria”.
The NUP Zonal Council urged the government to harmonize pensions in Delta state in line with the practice in other States, to compensate the old men and women who in their youth laid the foundation to what is being enjoyed today by the present generation.