Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights, CDWR, has condemned in strong terms the neglect of the Nigerian Airways pensioners and the refusal to pay their pension to the year 1999 by the federal government.
CDWR in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Chinedu Bosah, lamented that the affected pensioners numbering about 1000 had been in disagreement with the federal government over what they term shortchange of their pension since the year 2000.
According to the statement, “the pensioners did not benefit from several increments on pensions except the May 2000 increment. The deliberate shortchange of the affected retirees’ pension and poor pension forced the pensioners to sue the Federal Government to court in 2008 and got a judgment in their favour on April 19, 2012. Characteristic of the ruling elite, the Federal Government is yet to implement the Federal High Court’s judgment for almost 3 years now.
ence, since then, these pensioners have not been paid their pension. Many of these pensioners have been subjected to untold and untoward hardship and suffering. Most of the pensioners worked for 25 to 35 years.
Concretely, Justice G.K. Olotu of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division gave a ruling on April 19, 2012 that :(1) The pensioners as former employees of the Nigeria Airways are deemed to be public servants and now pensioners; (2) The pensioners are entitled to commensurate percentage increment in their pensions whenever the salaries of serving public servants are increased; (3) An order compelling the defendants (federal government inclusive) to forthwith increase the plaintiffs’ (pensioners) pensions in line with all the various increments the Federal Government has effected to the salaries of serving public servants since their retirement in 1999; (4) The pensioners are entitled to pension for life, (5) An order compelling the defendants (Federal Government inclusive) to pay the plaintiffs (retirees) pension for life.”