Senior citizens under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate to see that their arrears are paid off from the Paris Club and London Club refund to state and local governments.
They asked the Senate to investigate how state governors spent all the bailout funds given to them by Federal Government.
In his speech at 15th edition of Pensioners Day Celebration held at the Labour House in Abuja on Monday, the National President of NUP, Dr. A.O. Afolayan, lamented the worsening plight of his members due to non-payment of the arrears of their stipends.
He appealed to President Buhari to fish out Abudul Rasheed Maima, the Head of Presidential Taskforce on Pension during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, who he alleged stole billions of their pension funds.
Afolayan expressed disappointment with the attitude of state governors, alleging that some of them are selfish. He said that thousands of pensioners were passing very terrible times due to the attitude of some governors towards their plight.
He said: “Pensioners are going through the worst time. What we are passing through now is far worse than what we went through during the civil war. There are many of us who have not been paid a dime in the last two years.
“Our situation has been worsened by the attitude by some state governors and corruption. We called on the Senate to investigate how state governors use the federal bailout funds. We also appeal to the President to fish out Abudul Rasheed Maima, the Head of Presidential Taskforce on Pension and collect our money from him.”
The NUP President decried what he termed “incessant changes in the leadership of PTAD. These changes have undoubtedly affected the conduct of the verification exercise and the payment of the arrears of 33% pension increase to our members.