Abuja - The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) bemoaned the delay in the payment of pensions to some retired civil servants in Katsina state.
The organisation reported that the state government had not paid some former servants eight months after their retirement.
The regional secretary of the union, Malam Amadu Danmalam, described the situation of the affected pensioners as sympathetic pointing out that they depend on pension to feed themselves and their family members.
He said although government had insisted to conduct verification exercise before payment to affected pensioners, it was yet to conduct the verification exercise.
Danmalam said government had no reason to delay payment of pension if it is really concerned about the welfare of pensioners. He further added that about 2000 pensioners who were screened and verified as genuine pensioners are yet to collect their monthly pension since august last year.
“We blame government for causing the delay for its insistence that only first bank was authorized to pay pension in the state,” he said.
He said government should direct Guaranty Trust Bank to commence payment of pension because it has the authentic register of pensioners.
Efforts to reach the Head of Service, Alhaji Lawal Mohammed Daura, for his comment at the time of filing this report proved abortive.
– CAJ News