Jalingo - Mr Stephen Galadima, Chairman of the Taraba State Branch of the Nigeria Union of pensioners (NUP), has told the State Government to review the pay of pensioners upwards "to reflect current realities".
Galadima told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jalingo that salaries of all categories of workers had been reviewed upward several times but that pension allowances had not been reviewed.
"Pensioners go to the same market and hospitals with others and their children pay the same school fees with other children.
"Collecting the old rate as pension allowances is therefore, not good enough for a group of people who put in their best in the service of the country and had retired," he said.
The chairman, however, commended Gov. Danbaba Suntai for ensuring that the issue of non-payment of entitlements to retired officers had become history in the state.
"I must commend Gov. Suntai for making sure that retired workers get their entitlements as and when due," he stated.
Galadima called on all pensioners to be patient as the union was doing everything possible to convince the government to increase their pay as was the case with serving workers.