Nigeria Airways ex-workers lament delay of N45b pension arrears payment
Workers of defunct Nigeria Airways yesterday decried the delay in payment of their N45 billion pension arrears recently approved by the Federal Government.
Represented by Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Nigeria Airways branch, they complained that they were yet to hear from government officials one month after the money was approved at a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Going by general understanding, the pensioners said government directed immediate payment, which they added should not have lasted for more than two weeks.
Chairman of the group, Segun Feyisetan, noted that the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Auditing (PICA), which had the responsibility of making the payment, had not contacted the union since the announcement was made.
“By now, PICA should have called the union to a meeting to work out the modalities of payment with a view to informing the beneficiaries the date for the commencement of verification but it is like everything is shrouded in secrecy. No one knows what is happening.
“PICA should let us know what is happening to the payment because we are losing our members on a daily basis due to lack of finance to take care of their welfare.’’
Feyisetan added that only recently the union lost some of their members including B. lzgu, Dairu Musa, Baba Gana Bukar, Musa Otoro, Capt. Akinyosade, Capt. Akintaju, Dr. Aka, Mr. Kenneth Onyechere and Engr. K.C. Amah, among others.
“PICA cannot carry out this exercise alone, they need the union to work with as the link between the beneficiaries and government,” he said.
Secretary of the union, Thomas Ojuderi said: “We are equally calling on the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to please continue his good work and ensure full payment of our entitlements.”
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