Enugu – Pensioners in Enugu State have called on the Head of Service of the Federation to extend the ongoing verification of pensioners to accommodate the influx of retirees in the state.
Mr John Nebo, Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, in the state, made the call in an interview yesterday in Enugu.
He said the call became necessary because retired workers from the state and its environs were registering in the state.
“We need an extension. We have already told our union in Abuja. The number of pensioners is underestimated because what we found out is that all federal workers that are not Enugu State workers, from everywhere are registering in Enugu and we won’t drive them away.
“It has sky-rocketed the number so much. Enugu State pensioners are at the most 4,000, but with the influx of these people, they are up to 7,000 now. ”
He also said that the extension would enable the union and the pension verification team to visit sick and bed-ridden pensioners in line with their schedule.
The secretary also listed other challenges affecting the exercise to include lack of electricity to power computers, shortage of seats and fans as well as slow process.
He said the generator and chairs used by the verification team from Abuja were provided by the retirees.