Lagos - Pensioners of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in Lagos State alleged on Wednesday that sabotage was responsible for the delay in the payment of their seven years pension arrears.
Yomi Akindutire, the spokesman of the pensioners in the state, made the allegation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Akindutire accused leaders of the union of sabotaging the efforts of the Federal Government to promptly settle the arrears.
He claimed that the NIPOST union leaders at the national level were not carrying them along in the negotiation with the Federal Government.
Akindutire said that those appointed to negotiate with the government had contributed to the pensioners’ problem which, he said, led to delay in the payment.
NAN recalls that the Postmaster-General of the Federation, Mori Baba, had said on Jan. 27 that the Federal Government would soon settle the N1.7 billion pension arrears.
Baba said that NIPOST management and the Federal Government had reached an agreement to pay the pension arrears.
``The problem we are facing now is not even the management, is not even the Federal Government.
``The saboteurs are the President and the General-Secretary of NIPOST pensioners.
“They do not want to discuss with us. They told the management to arrest us if we protest again.
“We believe that we would have started receiving our money if our leaders are proactive.
“We are in Abuja now to hold a meeting with the National President of Pensioners, Abatcha, to discuss the issue and find solution to it.''
NAN reports that hundreds of NIPOST pensioners had on Jan. 8 staged a nationwide protest over their unpaid pension arrears between 2005 and 2012.