Monday 21st August, 2017
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NUPCPS demands pensioners arrears from FG

NUPCPS demands pensioners arrears from FG

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners Contributory Pension Sector (NUPCPS), Com­rade Sylva C. Nwaiwu has appealed to the Federal Gov­ernment to pay all the ar­rears and other entitlements they have been owing them (pensioners) for a long time.

He spoke to The AU­THORITY shortly after their general meeting at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja recently.

Their demands from the government, according to the chairman were: the pay­ment of retirement benefits to the Contributory Pen­sions Sector (CPS); manda­tory payment of 25% lump sum owed them; review of monthly pensions which was last done in 2008; and pensioners’ identity cards. Others were National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); funding of the Union, among others.

His words: “What we want from government is payment of every backlog and reinstatement of the monthly payment of pen­sion benefits. The CPS was introduced to address the old system so as to receive our money as we are re­tiring. But unfortunately, through the new system, many of us had been in ar­rears for over 15 months. So our prayer to the govern­ment is that since they can pay salary, they should also pay pension as a pension is as important as salary. Hav­ing served the country when we were young, we should be remembered now that we are old.”

Nwaiwu said that when they found out that the prob­lem was from the supervi­sory organs, they met the government. On the inter­vention of the government, the sum of N4 billion was released, even as he com­mended the House of Rep­resentatives for their serious intervention. When asked he said that the Pension Com­mission (pencom), whose duty it was to attend to them did not believe in Union, but when they saw the impor­tance of the union, they had to work with the union.