PENSIONERS DYING IN DROVES DUE TO HARDSHIP – NUP

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PENSIONERS DYING IN DROVES DUE TO HARDSHIP – NUP

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, has raised the alarm over the increasing deaths of members due to economic hardship in the country.

NUP lamented that due to the mass suffering and hardship caused by the economic downturn, pensioners are dying in droves across the country.

President of NUP, Mr Godwin Abumisi who spoke in Abuja, said no fewer than 1,500 NUP members had died in recent times due to economic hardship and high cost of living in the country.

He said “it is not in our power to distribute food items to pensioners in Nigeria, we do not have the resources. In Nigeria, government do not think about the poor people.

“Otherwise , how can pensioners in Enugu receive as low as N450 as monthly pension and we have been saying this but it seems as if we are crying wolf but it is a reality”, he said.

The NUP president said that many members across the country were also still earning as low as N500 and N1,000 as monthly pensions, especially in the South-East states.

According to him, the states that pay very low pension also include Borno N4000, Gombe N8,000, Jigawa N12,000, Katsina N7,000, Kogi N5000, Kwara N3000, Niger N4,000, and Taraba N5,000 among others.

Abumisi said “It is important to highlight here that the above pension rates are as low as shown above due to non-harmonisation of pensions which the union has always made a case for.

“This is also due to non-implementation and payment of the previously reviewed N18,000 minimum wage in 2010 and the N30,000 minimum wage in 2019 by many states of the federation.“Sadly, the non-implementation of these salary reviews in the states has affected the corresponding increases in pensions in the various states under reference.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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