Union expresses disappointment in accessing pension

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has expressed disappointment over difficulties faced by retirees in accessing their pension.

This is contained In a communiqué signed by Mr Benjamin Anthony and Sikiru Waheed, State Chairperson and Secretary of the union respectively and issued at end the of the State Governing Council (SGC) meeting of AUPCTRE FCT Council.

The communiqué described as frustrating the trouble retirees were subjected to in trying to access their pension.

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According to him, it has sometimes resulted to untimely death while queuing for screening to access their legitimate benefits.

It, therefore, called for a review of the 2014 Pension Act to include gratuity payment to retirees, noting that the act was silent on the issue.

The communiqué also condemned the recent move by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing to privatise the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and the change of its name to Federal Housing Company.

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According to the communiqué, the implication is that Nigerians will not have access to affordable houses.

“The union, therefore, calls on the Federal Government to appoint a substantive management team and board to run the FHA for effective operational activities.”

The communiqué also urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to save the ailing economy.

It, however, commended the National Headquarters of AUPCTRE for taking up the case of retrenched workers of the National Identity Management Commission at the National Industrial Court.

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The communiqué also commended the National Council of Establishment on the removal of the dichotomy between HND and B.Sc certificate holders years after the Federal Government issued the White Paper.

It then called on the Office of the Head of Civil of the Federation to release the enabling circular without any further delay.

Meanwhile, it also urged the management of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company(AUMTCO) to pay all outstanding salaries of their workers.

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