By Godwin Oritse
THE Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service has queried the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority over the unpaid pensions, allowances, benefits and gratuity of some retirees of the authority.
In letter to the Managing Director of the authority, the Committee lamented the inaction of the management of NPA over the matter of its former workers.
The letter, signed by the Committeeâ€™s Chairman Senator Mohammed Ahmed stated that the Committee is worried over the attitude of the authority on the plight of the these set of retirees, adding thatÂ something must be to address the issue once and for all.
Part of the letter readsâ€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A petition was forwarded to this Committee on the above subject matter in February 2007 and after due consideration by the Committee in line with the court ruling advised you to comply.
â€œIt is unfortunate that after a reminder was sent to you on the same matter, no action was taken.
â€œThe Committee is now constrained and at its meeting held recently, resolvedÂ to request your comments with out further delayâ€
In a statement by the spokesman of the group, Engr Sllvas Okoro said that only last week the management of the authority had also received directives from both the Minister of Transport and Senate to pay these group of retirees and yet the NPA has continued to flout both the court order and directives from its superiors.
According to the trial court that gave judgement on the 12th of July 1996 to the plaintiff (retirees) that those who had served the authority for a period of between 5-91/2 years are entitled to gratuity, while those who put in 10 to 14 years are qualify for pension and redundancy benefits.