By Sani Yarima, Jalingo
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners(NUP), Taraba State Chapter, has urged the state governor, Darius Ishaku to pay its 7,902 members over N19 billion outstanding gratuities.
The union made this known in a communique signed by its chairman, Alhaji Hassan Abubakar, and made available to newsmen at the end of the state executive council meeting in Jalingo.
Abubakar expressed concern that the state government failed to pay the state and local government pensioners’ gratuities despite receiving three trenches of Paris Club refunds from Federal Government to pay workers’ outstanding entitlements.
He urged the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to take the lead in mounting pressure on the state government to hasten payment of the gratuities.
The chairman appealed to the state government to pay the one month arrears of local government pensioners, and enroll over 140 new local government pensioners into the pension scheme.
He also urged the state government to implement the 33 percent pension review approved by the Salaries, Incomes and wages Commission since 2014.
“In view of the fact that all civil servants will eventually come to rest under the umbrella of the NUP after retirement, the council therefore is appealing to the NLC to throw its weight in total to the plight of pensioners so as to make the civil servants retirement sweet,” Abubakar said.
Commenting on the matter through a telephone interview, the State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Peter Gambo said, he met with Governor Darius Ishaku in person and the Governor promised to settle all their gratuities as early as possible.
“I met the Governor one on one and he called all the people concerned which include: the Head of Service, Permanent Secretary of Bureau for local government and the rest where he directed them to work towards the payment of the gratuities which is since 2010”.