24 Retirees Of College of Education Akwanga In A Catch-22 Situation Over Exclusion From Pension After Two Years Of Retirement-Chairman Pensioners

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Rabiu Omaku

Fresh facts which have emerged from the public hearing ongoing at the College Of Education, Akwanga indicates that 24 retirees are in dilemma over their exclusion from pension after two years of retirement from active service.

The Chairman Nigeria Union of Pensioners of the institution, Mr. Patrick Oyunu, disclosed this on Wednesday in Akwanga Local Government.

The Chairman Mr. Patrick Oyunu stated this when presenting his Memo at the public hearing before the fact-finding committee set up by State Government to investigate the activities of the college from 2014-October 2017.

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The Chairman informed the committee that salaries of the affected staff were stopped since 2015 immediately after their retirement from service.

He further uncovered that after their retirement they were denied their pension.

“We found it difficult to take care of the up-keep of our families,” he added.

The Chairman explained that the gratuity of many staff that died in active service were yet be paid to their family members.

Wondering how their families survived without their breadwinners with the untold agony, squalor, and deprivation they are passing through.

Oyinu, however, added that apart from the 24 staff there are other pensioners who retired earlier than 2015 but are yet to be paid their gratuity.

“NUP had written severally to the state government and the State House of Assembly but there is no improvement in their situation”.

He appealed to the state government to increase the monthly allocations of the college to enable the management upset all outstanding pensions.

Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union, Samuel Bashayi appealed to the state government to pay all outstanding promotion arrears to avoid industrial disharmony.

He lamented over the nonpayment of hazard allowances and many other entitlements and appealed to the government to increase monthly allocation to the college.

Bashayi added that shortage of manpower looms in all departments in the college

The Union leader advocated for the review of the laws establishing the institution in order to address new development in the College that was not captured when the laws were enacted.

The Chairman of the committee Umar Muhammad-Sani, averred that they have received 13 memos from individuals, groups, and association.

Stating that whatever is their findings at the end of the day would be captured in their reports.

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