By Bukola Adewumi
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners has commended the Federal Government for the payment of 12 months arrears of 33 per cent pension increase to civilian pensioners in the country.
Dr Abel Afolayan, the National General Secretary of the union, made the commendation in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
”We are very appreciative of the payment of 30 months arrears of same to the entire para-military pensioners of our union comprising Customs, Immigration and Prisons.
“We are not unmindful of the current economic situation of the country, especially this season of economic recession; President Muhammadu Buhari has really shown his great love for pensioners.”
Afolayan appealed to the Federal Government to ensure speedy payment of the 18 months balance of the arrears to the civilian pensioners.
“We were surprised that as the civilian pensioners collected 24 months, para-military got the entire 42 months arrears and the Nigerian military pensioners got 42 months.
“It is surprising that the Nigeria Police pensioners got only three months; how on earth can someone explain this grave injustice done to the police pensioners? ” he asked.
Afolayan appealed to Buhari to use his good offices to address the injustice being done to members of the Nigeria Police.
He said that it would be disheartening to see pensioners who had used their youthful period to serve the nation, wallow in endless expectation of their pension.