Calabar - Mary-Theresa Ikwen, the Head of Service of Cross River on Monday said the state government had commenced work on the harmonisation of pensions of retired civil servants in the state.
Ikwen said this on Monday in Calabar when the executives of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Cross River Council, paid her a courtesy visit.
She said government was committed toward the well-being of pensioners in the state as demonstrated through the donation of a Toyota Hiace bus for their use.
She expressed concerned over the recent late payment of pensioners' monthly pension, and assured them that steps were being taken to address the trend.
On the federal share of the pension which had remained unsolved, Ikwen said that Pension Desk Office had been established to monitor the development at the federal level.
Ikwen expressed the hope that the problem would be solved soonest.
The head of service described the union's request for a land to develop its permanent site as a welcome development.
She advised them to channel their request to the state Governor, Liyel Imoke for necessary actions.
"Benjamin Ettah, the Chairman of NUP in the state, commended the state governor for donating a bus to the union.
He said the gesture had enabled them to join the comity of state councils with vehicles.
Ettah called for the harmonisation of the pension for pensioners in line with the constitutional provisions, payment of arrears, and the increase of six per cent of 2003 and 15 per cent of 2007.
He maintained that the request, if approved, would enhance their living standard.
"We need a change in the pension scheme to save pensioners from further agony," he said.
He suggested the payment of his members’ pension alongside civil servants salaries in the state.