By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS — FEDERAL Government pensioners in Lagos, under the umbrella of the Federal Civil Servants branch, of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Lagos, weekend, pleaded with the Federal Government to pay their pensions and other benefits, lamenting that they had been going through difficult times.
Representatives of the over 10, 000 Federal Civil Service retirees in Lagos spoke to Vanguard, at the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, office, Yaba, venue of the election of officials into the Federal Civil Servants Lagos branch of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP. They said some of them had not been paid since 1996 when they retired.
Mr. Dele Joseph was elected Chairman of the branch amidst protests from opponents who claimed to have been disenfranchised.
Among the retirees who spoke were Muftau Baruwa, retired senior foreman in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, who retired 11 years and three months ago, Mrs. Thompson Imakop, a retiree from the National Bureau of Statistics, who retired in 2007 and Afolabi Shotimbo, a retiree from Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, downsized by the Olusegun Obasanjo’s government in 2006′ after 22 years of service.
According to Baruwa, “As we speak, I have never been paid a kobo, both my gratuity and pension. I have been to hospital twice since my retirement. During this period, I lost my father, my mother and one of my sons. Please, appeal to government to consider me.”