Federal Government has assured pensioners that the circular for the implementation of the N30,000 new national minimum wage for the workers will be issued simultaneously with that of the Pensioners.
According to a statement, the President, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Abel Afolayan, on Tuesday at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Union in Ibadan, Oyo State; said the Acting Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Ekpo Nta, had assured pensioners that the circular would be issued simultaneously.
He said, Recall that the Federal Government and the Organized Labour had signed the agreement on new minimum wage and the attendant adjustment for all categories of workers, the next in line is the pensioners.
Speaking during the NEC meeting held in Oyo, the NUP boss stressed that pensioners were long overdue for a review since 2015. “I know all of you are very agitated to know how far we have gone on this matter, especially when it has become a common knowledge that pensioners are already due for a review since 2015, having last enjoyed a meagre 33.4% increment since July, 2010.”
“We are together with the NLC on this struggle for the Minimum Pension and we were told to wait for the official release of the much-expected circular for the workers, then we shall pick it up from there. I want to assure you that definitely, there shall be light at the end of the tunnel.”
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, who declared the NEC meeting open, said: “This NEC meeting call for every one of us to look at the issues and challenges that are facing pensioners in Nigeria and come out with a distinct solution that will see both the Federal Government, and state governments in ensuring the welfare of pensioners.”