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NASS wades into 892 ex-NIFOR staff’s pension crisis

By James Ezema

Ray of hope has come for 892 former employees of Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) in Benin City, Edo State who were disengaged 15 years ago without payment of their pensions, gratuities or other benefits as the National Assembly has begun to look into their plights following a petition sent to both the Senate and House of Representatives by Lagos-based human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi on their behalf.

Indication to this effect came through a letter sent to Gani Fawehinmi Chambers by the Senate President, Senator David Mark.

The letter signed by Mr. Agbo Ogah, Chief of Staff to Senator Mark which was made available to Vanguard at the weekend assured the disengaged workers that the petition which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture is being considered.

In the same vein, the petition which was equally sent to the House of Representatives has also been referred to the Mr. Ado Dogo Audu-led House Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity for consideration.


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