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Assembly sets up committee to look into pensioners’ problems in A’ Ibom

The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly at plenary on Wednesday set up an ad hoc committee to interface with stakeholders on the problems facing pensioners in the state.

The 7-man committee, headed by House Leader, Mr Udo Kierian, was mandated to unravel the true situation of things surrounding pension matters.

The intervention was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by Mr Idongesit Ituen (PDP- Itu State Constituency]

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Ituen had informed the house of the protest carried out by Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the state on Monday, over non-payment of gratuity and pensions.

He said that the state government, at the inception of the current administration, cleared backlog of pensions and salaries.

He added that the protest could put the image of the state in disrepute if not looked into.

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The committee had two weeks to submit its report to the house.

The committee was directed to look into alleged non-refund of 7.5 per cent contributory pension to some category of workers in Akwa Ibom.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, said that the house would always defend the rights of the people.

“It is our avowed commitment to always see to it that we defend the interest of the people and be seen at all times to be an unbiased umpire.

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“We must also be seen to be making decision from an informed position and appreciate the governor’s efforts in paying the backlog of arrears of pensions and salaries,’’ he said.

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