The Imo State Council of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) weekend adopted unanimous motion rejecting the state government's move to slash monthly pensions of retirees by 50%.
Ifeanyicy.com learnt that the state government recently designed a form directing pensioners to sign an undertaking that only 50 percent monthly pensions would be paid them by government.
But the members of the Imo State chapter of NUP, comprising branch chairmen and secretaries from the 27 Local Government Areas of the state, rejected the proposal in its totality during an emergency meeting in Owerri , on Saturday.
It will be recalled that state government and NUP are currently in court over a similar directive by the government last December, 2016 that only 40 percent of accumulated pension arrears be paid the senior citizens, while government called for 60 per cent reduction which will be forfeited to the government by the pensioners .
A member of the Imo NUP, Boniface Echefu , who is from Isiala Mbano LGA , said the group must guide its members against signing the undertaking which would mean that only
50 per cent of their monthly pension would be paid them .
He said that it was unlawful for the state government to go against the country’s Pension Act by cutting pensions indiscriminately .
The group , in its resolution , stated that it rejected in its entirety the offer of 50 per cent monthly pension by the government , saying ‘we also reject government ’s claim that it
has cleared all arrears of pensioners fully ’.
The state chairman , Imo NUP, Gideon Ezeji , expressed regret that the government came up with what he called ‘ another obnoxious measure ’ to further expose pensioners to more
hardship, while pensioners were still grappling with last year’s issue .
“ This is coming on the heels of a similar obnoxious directive in December 2016 directing pensioners to write an undertaking that only 40 per cent of their accumulated pension arrears will be paid them , thereby forfeiting 60 per
cent to government ,” Ezeji cried .