‘We Are With You’ Union Lauds Buhari for Regular Payment of Pensions
President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended on Thursday by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) on for regular and prompt payment of pensions.
Abel Afolayan, NUP’s President, made the commendation at a one-day interactive forum organised by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for pensioners from the North Central Zone in Abuja.
The forum was to interact with ‘senior citizens’ on the progress made so far and to find ways to address challenges confronting pension administration.
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Afolayan, who noted that over the years, pensioners in the country never had it so good revealed that in his 29th year as a pensioner, expressed the union’s profound gratitude to the president.
“We appreciate you, we love you and we are with you. Even during recession, this government remained committed to paying us regularly even our arrears.
Congratulating the president over his reelection in the presidential poll held in February, Afolayan said the group remains hopeful he will continue to stand by them.
According to him, before the present administration took over in 2015, the Federal Government Civil Service Pensioners were owed 42 months in pensions.
While noting that PTAD under the leadership of Sharon Ikeazor had also done so much in ensuring prompt payment of pensions as well as arrears, he, however, urged PTAD to address some hiccups causing delays in the payment of pensions.
He noted that some complaints from his members were not speedily addressed as expected.
Afolayan also appealed to the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure prompt release of funds meant for the pensioners.
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President Buhari had on March 28 assured pensioners regular payment of their entitlements when he launched the Micro Pension Plan (MPP) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.