The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (Electricity Sector) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy the change mantra of his administration to ameliorate its members’travails.
Its President, Comrade Temple Ubani who, spoke at a briefing in Lagos, appealed to the Chairman, Joint Committee on Appropriations of the National Assembly (NASS), Senator Danjuma Goje to assist the union.
Ubani said the issues affecting his members ranged from the discriminatory and wrong classification of the PHCN pension under capital supplementation, irregular funding of their pension, persistent delays in the release of funds and payment of their monthly pensions, failure to pay arrears of pensions and other retirement benefits, denial of the 33 per cent pension increase, among others.
He appealed to President Buhari to urgently intervene by prevailing on the joint committee on appropriation of NASS to ensure that his members pension fund is taken out of capital supplementation to Service Wide Vote, which is the recurrent expenditure in the budget as practised all over the world.
He said the pension payment be removed from Authority to Incure Expenditure (AIE) which delay their pension payment and put on the Government Integreated Finacial Management Information System (GIFMIS) Platform as is the case with all other pensioners in the country.
He added: “The relevant authorities should ensure regular and prompt payment of their pensions as at when other pensioners are being paid so as to alleviate their sufferings.
“President Buhari should intervene to see that all outstanding pensioner/next of kin entitlements are provided for in the budget and paid.
“The National Salaries Income and Wages Commission should be directed to with immediate effect, implement 33 per cent pension increase to our members as it affects other pensioners in the country.”
He also appealed to other relevant authorities, including Minister of Finance, Minister of Budget and National Planning; Minister of Labour and Productivity; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation; Accountant-General of the Federation; Auditor-General of the Federation; Director-General Budget Office of the Federation; Director-General/Executive Secretary, PTAD; Director-General/Chief Executive, NELMCO; and Chairman, National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission to help them.