Pensioners in the country under the auspiced of Nigerian Union of Pensioners have commended Predident Buhari for regular payment of pension and for offsetting pension arrears dating back several years.
The commendation came when Officials of the Union paid a courtesy visit to Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The union thanked Buhari for the feat his administration has recorded in bettering the lives of pensioners in the country. These it said included:
Regular Payment of Monthly Pension. Which it observed has been regular since the advent of his government.
“Mr. President, we have never had it so good. We therefore pray and earnestly appeal to Your Excellency to ensure that pension is officially put on the first line charge to avoid delay in the payment of pension and gratuity”.
Another area of achievement it noted was the payment of Backlog of Pension Arrears. “This government has systematically defrosted outstanding arrears of pension inherited from previous government from 42 months gradually to less than 6 months arrears”
3. In April 2017, the Union cried aloud through the media and the National Assembly for the accrued right of pensioners under the Contributory Pension Scheme, and you graciously approved the release of the said amount which has in no small way alleviate the suffering of our members who benefitted from the payment.
The body also commended the president for the release of N54 Billion Accrued Right for Contributory Pension Scheme: Billion for Payment of Ex-Nigeria Airways Pensioners and another N22.4 billion first tranch for which payment is on-going.
It however decried the condition of pensioners at the state levels and called on the president to intervene while at the same time calling for the creation of a special ministry for senior citizens in the country.