From Hafsat Adebayo, Bauchi
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has lamented that their members in the north eastern states of Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba had not been enjoying gratuities for three or more years after retirement urging the States’ governments to be compassionate about the plight of the pensioners.
National Vice Chairman (North East) of the union Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Ahmad made this lamentation in a press release issued to journalists yesterday in Bauchi.
According to him, the non-payment of the gratuities to the retirees ‘is unfair’ considering the services rendered by them while in Civil Service.
“Our pensioners in the north east are suffering from non-payment of gratuities by their respective governors, this payment will help the entire life of our members as they served 35 years, it will not be good to end up or even to die without their gratuities as they are the most senior citizens”, he said.
Ahmad commended the governments of Yobe for settling all outstanding gratuities to deserving pensioners and Gombe for increasing pensions by 100 per cent in line with sections 173 and 210 of the 1999 constitution.
“And also, we are pleading with the governors of Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States to pay gratuities to our members promptly after retirement”, he appealed.