The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Nasarawa State, has elected new officials to pilot it’s affairs for the next four years.
The election was conducted yesterday at the Ibrahim Abacha Youth Centre Lafia, with Abdullahi Baba, as the new state chairman, Sunday Kure, as vice chairman, while Mathew Dodo, is the treasurer and others.
Speaking shortly after he was elected, Abdullahi Baba, expressed gratitude to their members for electing them to serve for four years, as he promised not to disappoint the union and its members.
He also used the opportunity and commended the Governor Abdullahi Sule for the monthly release of N50, million for the payment of gratuity to retirees at the state level, but appealed that the money be increase to N100, million monthly.
He also said that the N26, million being released monthly by the 13 LGAs for gratuity of retirees at the LGA level is inadequate and said the union would ensure that it is review upward to N130, million monthly.
Earlier, Mr Nicholas Aboki, Head of Civil Service in the state said the government had done a lot toward ensuring a better welfare for workers and pensioners in the state.
The Head of Civil Service represented by Abigail Wayas, Permanent Secretary in his office, said the Governor has increased monthly allocation to pension board to N50, million from N10, million.
The Organised Labour on its part called on the State government to implement promotion of pensioners while computing their retirement benefits.
The leaders of the organised labour made the call on Wednesday in Lafia at the sideline of the election of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in the state.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Yusuf Iya and Mohammed Doma his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart said a lot of workers including pensioners were given notional promotions by the government without financial backups.
The NLC Chairman said the union is already struggling for the implementation of 13 years outstanding promotions of civil servants who are still in active service.
He explained that their are little hitches which the union and the government are working hard to address before the implementation commenced.
He said etirees from state government do not have any problem enjoying the implementation of their promotions at retirement, but wandered why the case is different at the Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The NLC Chairman said the union cannot accept the what he described as injustice to retirees at LGA level, where the government said the would not implement notional promotions they had given them while on active service.
On his part, the TUC Chairman, Mohammed Doma said what is happening to retirees at the LGA level is unacceptable and urged the government to reverse it in order to ensure industrial harmony in the state.