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PHCN pensioners decry delay in payment

06 September 2012, 07:38

Abuja - The National Union of Pensioners (NUP) Electricity sector under the Abuja chapter on in Abuja on Wednesday decried the Federal Government delay in the payment of its  August pension.

Mr Okafor Kingsley, a former National Provost of the NUP in Abuja, said that the union would hold a protest to notify the public of their plight.

Okafor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they had always received their monthly pension from the PHCN.

He said that in August 2012, they learnt that the former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, had transferred the payment of their pension to a company called Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company Ltd., NELMCO.

"PHCN has been the company paying us regularly without delay since I retired from the PHCN in 2000 and we have never had any problem with them.

"We have neither seen nor know the location of the office of this NELMCO in Abuja and to our surprise PHCN says they are not going to pay us our August pension because it has been transferred to this company," he said.

He pleaded with the Federal Government to leave the payment of their pension with the PHCN where they had been getting it regularly without any problem.

Mr John Baba, another PHCN retiree and former chairman of NUP Abuja chapter, said that they had gathered to rub minds to see how their members could get paid their August pension.

He decried the non-payment of their August pension as at September, adding that their problem started with the transfer of payment to NELMCO.

Baba called on the Federal Government and PHCN to come to their aid as they were now old and could not find any other means of livelihood but their pension.

He said that some of the pensioners were not informed about the transfer of their pension to NELCOM until they went to collect their August pension.

Mr Mark Edemeraro, a former Deputy President, North Central zone of NUP, explained that the union members had not received their August pension, adding that this was not so when PHCN was paying them.

He urged those responsible for the delay in the payment of their monthly pension to pay them quick as they were suffering and had no other source of income to fend for themselves.

"We are pensioners and have little or nothing to do and we cannot take any effective action, like strike or anything.

"All we can do is to cry to whoever is responsible for the payment of our pension to please do so," Edemeraro said.


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