By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo
The Taraba State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of pensioners has called on governor Darius Ishaku to use the second Paris club refund recently released to the state by the federal government to clear the backlog of gratuities of retirees in the state.
Briefing newsmen yesterday in Jalingo, the state chairman of the Union, comrade Hassan Abubakar said the leadership of the Union have wrote several laters drawing the attention of government and made several efforts on several occasions for the Union to meet and dialogue with governor Ishaku over the non- payment retirements benefits but proved abortive.
He called on governor Ishaku to release additional funds to the local government pension board to commence payment of monthly pension and arrears to the affected local government/primary school teachers pensioners.
He added that the present administration inherited accumulated backlog of gratuities and is increasing steady because of the daily increase in the number of civil servants retiring.
He informed the the gratuities of both state, local government and primary school teachers retirees is put at over fifteen billion naira.
He noted that Taraba State is a civil servant state, adding that any move by governor Ishaku to assist civil servants and pensioners would go a long way to rescue many people.
“We wish to felicitate with government for receiving 2nd trend of pari club refund, the first one was used by government to carry out physical development which the Union is not against.
The receipt of the 2nd Paris club refund should be used to fulfill its promised made to pensioners on democracy day” he said.
He stressed that the inability of government to enrolled over seven hundred (700) local government/primary schools teachers pensioners into the monthly pension has caused untold hardship and intolerable conditions, deprivations and deaths of the affected pensioners.