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Osun pensioners move to join national body in public protest

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Osun State Chapter, has revealed that they’d be becoming a member of the nationwide physique to protest publicly after the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given to the federal authorities on the implementation of the consequential adjustment to pensions.

The Secretary of the union in Osun, comrade Dele Aina additionally revealed that some teams of pensioners within the state agitating for a harmonised pension scheme nonetheless earned between N300, N500 and N600 as pension month-to-month.

Whereas that includes in a morning radio programme in Osogbo on Friday, he defined that the rationale for the protest is that the union is asking on the federal authorities to implement the consequential adjustment to pensions the place all pensioners, however the 12 months of retirement would earn the identical sum, including that a lot of their members have been struggling and languishing away.

He revealed that the union in its try to get the state authorities to implement the consequential adjustment had headed to the Nationwide Industrial Courtroom and judgment is being awaited on the case.

Based mostly on this, he famous that a number of makes an attempt to see the state governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola by the union has been annoyed by officers in authorities.

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In keeping with him, the union has had a gathering with the state’s Accountant Common in February, 2021 who after listening to their story promised to facilitate a gathering with the governor.

He disclosed that one other assembly with the state’s Head Of Service proved futile as a result of he demanded that the union withdraw its pending case with the Nationwide Industrial Courtroom as a situation for the proposed assembly with the governor, an motion which they weren’t prepared to take.

In keeping with him, “We despatched a message to the governor on social media, and he personally replied it, directing us to satisfy with the Accountant Common.

“We additionally met with the Head Of Service, however he insisted we withdraw the case earlier than the court docket. We aren’t prepared to withdraw that case as a result of it has been concluded, and we’re awaiting judgment.”

Aina defined that the union had written seven letters at totally different occasions for the reason that administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the identical difficulty, including that at totally different fora, the previous governor had promised to make the least paid pensioner within the state to earn N10,000, a promise he by no means fulfilled earlier than the expiration of his tenure.

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He accused the state authorities of trying to factionalise the union, including that the Triangular Discussion board of Pensioners within the state was created to trigger chaos and confusion inside their ranks.

He additionally alleged that the federal government doesn’t recognise and have the curiosity of the union members at coronary heart as they’re by no means consulted on any difficulty that has to do with pensioners.

The final time the federal government adjusted the pensioners scheme he maintained was throughout Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration after which they paid solely 21 %.

The union secretary revealed that there have been numerous classes of pensioners in Osun which comprised the 2011-2012 pensioners who’re agitating for full cost of their gratuities from N500,000 to N7 million and the 1999 pensioners who’re demanding a harmonised pension scheme.

Osun pensioners transfer to hitch nationwide physique in public protest

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