By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—EDO State chapter of Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, Pensioners, yesterday, called for the immediate sack of the Post Master General, Alhaji Mori- Baba, over alleged withholding of accumulated funds meant for the payment of their pension and gratuities spanning over seven years.
The pensioners, who joined their colleagues across the country in a nationwide strike to press home their demands, carried placards with various inscriptions, some of which read: “Post-Master General pay us our six years entitlement;” “We have lost over 100 souls nationwide”; “We have lost many souls due to untold hardship,” among others, shut down the premises of Edo Area Territory office of the postal service on Airport Road .
The aggrieved pensioners, numbering over 100, also threatened to continue with the protest until their demands were met.
State chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr. Clement Ojo, who spoke to newsmen in Benin City, appealed to the Federal Government and the leadership of National Assembly to immediately intervene in the issue.
He said: “We are appealing to the National Assembly and Presidency to come to our aid and intervene. We don’t know what the Accountant General and the Post Master General have done with our money. The management of NIPOST refused to pay us all our benefits, short-payments, gratuities and pension, since 2005.”
He noted that the management of NIPOST had failed to obey an agreement reached with the union to offset some of the outstanding months before December 20, 2012 after the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum earlier issued.