Electricity pensioners to protest non-payment of arrears September 15

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in the nation’s electricity sector has asked the Federal government to effect the payment of three month of pension arrears owed its members, failing which it will stage a peaceful protest to the presidency on September 15th to press home its demand.

NUP had in a communiqué signed by the union’s President, Chief Temple Ubani, and its Secretary, Comrade Olukayode Ogunbiyi, expressed disgust over the delay in the payment of pension arrears of its members nationwide, noting that the ex-workers are being owed June to August 2014 pension arrears by the Federal government.

“We denounce the persistent delay by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the payment of our monthly pension which is already in months of June, July and August, 2014 in arrears, and we urge the Minister of Finance, the Chairperson of NELMCO Board to take necessary step to release the fund to NELMCO/PTAD,” it said.

According to the communiqué, the NEC has empowered the national leadership of the union to take all necessary steps towards payment of the three months arrears and to work for timely payment of subsequent pensions.

The union also enjoined its members to fast and pray on the day of the protest with a view to ensuring its success.

The decision to embark on the peaceful protest was taken at the union’s National Executive Committee meeting, which held in Lagos on September 3rd, 2014.

Source : Independent

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