Pensioners in Benue state under the auspices of The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) on Thursday gave the state governor, Samuel Ortom seven days to settle all their unpaid gratuities.
The retirees also sought the harmonisation of their pensions.
The pensioners in a letter signed by the Chairman, Peter Kyado and Secretary, Comrade Joseph Adakole, gave the governor until 16th of January to do their bidding or they take to the street in protest.
Among the contending issues is payment of 14 months arrears of pension to the state pensioners and between 14-74 months to local government pensioners.
They are also demanding a reversal of the stoppage of peace meal and selective payment of gratuities instead of “first retired, first paid; stoppage of factional payment of pension to local government pensioners instead of paying all across the board at once.
The letter also requested the payment of monthly pension to all state pensioners across the board at any given time instead of the current system of alternating payment between Makurdi and outstations pensioners in rotation as it stressed that the method was a divide and rule ploy which creates bad blood among pensioners.
The letter read in part, “Given the fact that our demands are legitimate and in accordance with the provisions of 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as well as other National and International labour laws, we wish to humbly request your Excellency to positively respond within seven days beginning from 10th -16th of January, 2019, failing which we shall resume the suspended protest march continuously until our demands are met,” the letter stated.
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