The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, (NUP) South-West zone has appealed to the governors of the region to implement the recently approved consequential adjustment and increase in pension to reflect the new National Minimum Wage act 2019.
The body also carpeted the governors of Osun, Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti, against favouritism and irregularities in the payment of gratuities. They however commended Lagos and Ondo State Governments for implementing 33.4 per cent pension increase for deserving retirees.
The union said this at their zonal meeting in Akure on Friday, May 21, through the Chairman Elder Ayo Ikumapayi, and Public Relations Officer, Segun Abatan.
“We urge our governors in the South-West to implement the consequential adjustment and increase in pension to reflect the new National Minimum Wage. Our retirees are suffering, some even go home with as little as N600 per month.
“We also appeal to our governors to exclude pensioners from percentage monthly salary payment. Let’s our members get their full pensions. It is not good enough.”
They also lamented over the suffering of senior citizens in the country after serving the nation, saying the suffering is becoming unbearable.
The pensioners expressed displeasure over the high rate of insecurity in the country and appealed to the government at all levels to be proactive in providing jobs for the unemployed youths, while they warned against a hike in pump price and electricity tariffs.