NUP Acting President, Speaks on Outstanding Death benefits, Minimum Pension, 33% Pension increment for Parastatal Agencies and Operations of PTAD. – PensionNigeria

NUP Acting President, Speaks on Outstanding Death benefits, Minimum Pension, 33% Pension increment for Parastatal Agencies and Operations of PTAD.

Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Acting President, Dr Ayuba Dallatu, Speaks on Outstanding Death benefits of deceased pensioners, Minimum Pension, 33% pension increment for parastatal agencies and Operations of PTAD.

The NUP’s Acting President, made the statements when he led its executive members on a courtesy visit to the new PTAD’s Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Ejikeme in Abuja.

Outstanding Death benefits of deceased pensioners,

He said, “As at today, we have over 5,000 cases of death benefits of deceased pensioners pending with PTAD, we appeal to you to aggressively tackle this issue in order to carve a niche for yourself when the history of PTAD is written.”

Minimum Pension,

He called for the payment of minimum pension alongside minimum wage approved for workers, for pensioners, saying this was in line with Section 173 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which stipulates that “Pensions shall be reviewed every five years or together with any Federal Civil Service salary reviews, whichever is earlier. We hereby appeal to PTAD to join the Union in the fight for the approval and implementation of a corresponding minimum pension for the pensioners.”

33% pension increment for parastatal agencies,

He called for the payment of the remaining balance of 33% pension increment to parastatal agencies, stressing that a large number of them were yet to enjoy the increase. He said, “As we speak, numerous numbers of our parastatals pensioners are yet to enjoy the full payment of the 33% pension increase since 2010. Civil pensioners, Police, Customs, Immigration, Prison Services etc, have all benefited in full, but our parastatals members are yet to be fully paid and it is in different staggered stages of payment.”

Operations of PTAD,

He said, “We played a very significant role in its formation, we fought the pension cabals that did not want this establishment to take off with our strength, money and blood. And we have no regret for our actions whatsoever. This is because our pensioners have been faring much better under PTAD since its inception in 2012.

“Before the advent of PTAD, there was no official record for pensioners, no data base anywhere, but today, that has become a thing of the past. Endless and stressful verification is also gone for the better. Pensioners are now better recognised and treated with some respect, monthly pension is being paid as and when due in the last 4 years. Kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, kudos to PTAD.”

He reiterated the union’s commitment to work meaningfully with PTAD more than ever before to ensure a more prosperous life at retirement for all Nigerian pensioners.

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