On Friday, pensioners from the Southwest zone of the Association of Contributory Pension Sector conducted a peaceful protest against the federal government for allegedly failing to pay their gratuity.
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The protest was held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, and included retirees from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, University of Ibadan, University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Lagos, and the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, NIPOST, among others.
“Contributory pensioners’ shortfall; 15 percent and 30 percent arrears; consequential; IPPIS and minimum pension; Damisah A.B., Joseph Idowu, Adesegun Adeleke, Idowu Ogunjinrin and Alhaji Ibrahim Bakare are all fraudsters; Alhaji Ibrahim Bakare (of Salary wages (Abuja) give us our money that you fixed in the bank account; retirees are suffering, please,” the protesters said
Senior individuals claimed that top National Pension Commission officials were keeping their hard-earned allowances after they retired.
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The pensioners alleged that the money they contributed when they retired was not paid to them, claiming that members of the association are in desperate need of their funds to support themselves.
The Chairman of NUPCPS in the zone, Joseph Olugbemiga Oyadiran, told reporters that his members had not been treated fairly because they had contributed to national growth while in service.
Oyadiran added that they had written to the federal government through the Ministry of Finance, stating that they had taken the matter to court to seek the release of the association’s documents from ANUCOPER’s Vice President, Ajisafe, and Treasurer, Damisah, but that their attempts had failed.
He further claimed that one Ibrahim Bakare and Damisah, the treasurer, conspired to steal off the pensioners’ contributory pensions after they had been deposited in a designated account.
Oyadiran said, “we are applying for payment of shortfall in our gratuity. When they were calculating our money after our retirement, they used grade level and this brought shortfall in the money they paid us”.
“We met in Pencom, I was on the team, and I have a list of everyone who was present on that day, May 8, 2018.” They claimed that starting in January 2018, they will begin paying the minimum pension. They haven’t done so till now. The Director-General explained that it was due to the non-availability of a board, which had been delaying it for nearly a year.