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.