Nigeria Union of Pensioners has threatened to drag the governors of the South-West states to court if they fail to pay up all the pension arrears and gratuities owed its members. The pensioners Union lamented the ‘ridiculously low’ pay accruable to some of them and called on governments to address the situation urgently.
The NUP South-West Chairman, Elder Ayo Kumapayi, who read the communique of the bimonthly meeting of the union held in Ado Ekiti on Friday, also called on government to make the NHIS accessible to all pensioners by bringing down the price so that everyone could be captured in the scheme.
They expressed dissatisfaction with how pensioners in the states in the South-West were being owed for months by the various state governments.
He said, “You would recall the last time we met in Lagos, that we stated that we want to test the constitutionality of our governors not attending to pensioners on time. I want to tell you that the NUP, South-West region, with the backing of the national body, has concluded arrangements to test the legality of this constitutionality of our governors not attending to us on time.”
“The union will reveal its decision on this issue by November after the National Executive Committee meeting slated for Ibadan, Oyo State. As I speak, we still have pensioners earning below N2,000 monthly. It is quite unfortunate and unacceptable. So, we want governments to do something about it.”
The union called on South-West state governors to implement increase in pension without further hesitation and they also appealed to the Joint National Council to include the NUP in salary discussions with the Federal Government.