– Primary School Pensioners in Imo State have received pension for the past 16 years
– Imo State government slashes Pensioners’ money
– Enugu State Government Commended by NUP
The Nigerian Union Of Pensioners, South East Zone has condemned the neglect and abandonment of pensioners in the region over what it described “a curse to be a pensioner” in the Zone.
Speaking through its chairman Chukwuma Udensi, at the Royal Palace Hotel in Enugu, at NUP regional meeting, he called on the Federal Government to begin the deduction of pension funds from State allocation, explaining that it would be far better being paid by the Federal Government directly.
Comrade Udensi would go on to berate the governors of Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states for not doing anything to alleviate the plight of pensioners in their states but extolled the governors of Enugu and Anambra states who according to him, have done well.
Taking particular swipe at the situation in Imo State, the Chairman NUP, South-East explained that:
“All the pensioners in Imo state are suffering because the state government has slashed their pension and denied primary school pensioners their pension. Primary school teachers have not received their pension for the past 16 years. “Any pensioner that doesn’t have a child that will be giving him or her N5,000 monthly will die and perish because nobody helps pensioners in Imo State,” Udensi lamented. Enugu State chairman of NUP, Comrade Damian Udeani in an address however, commended the Enugu State governor for coming to the rescue of pensioners in Enugu State stating that, “his excellency has displayed a remarkable sympathy and concern for pensioners.”