The group decried the plight of Imo state pensioners by raising the alarm at the South -East Zonal Meeting of the NUP in Enugu adding that pensioners are fast being becoming endangered species due to injustices against them.
Chairman of NUP in the zone, Comrade Udensi Chukwuma, who also doubles as the state chairman of the NUP in Abia state, lamented that everybody seems to have abandoned them after serving the country for many years.
He stressed that the payment of pensioners in the country ought to take priority but reverse is the case as those in authority are now treating them like orphans.
“We are advocating for a new Pension Minimum Wage for all retirees as we are not satisfied that pensioners still earn very little emoluments inspite of the fact that most of us were not captured in the 18,000 naira minimum wage policy.
Also, Chairman of NUP, in Anambra state, Comrade Anthony Ogozor, expressed regrets that most pensioners in Imo state have died while waiting for their pensions to be paid; he called on Okorocha to resign over his inability to carry out his statutory responsibility on pensioners.
He said it was unfortunate that Okorocha asked pensioners to forfeit a huge percentage of their pensions.
Ogozor, however commended Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for sending a quality representation to the event and appealed to him to buy vehicle to NUP in the state to enable them move around in their own vehicle like other states.
Earlier in his speech, the chairman of NUP in Enugu State, Comrade Damian Udeani said that Nigeria is fast becoming a country where retirement is next to suicide.
“The media is awash with not so encouraging news about pension payment, the failure of the Federal Government and some of her agencies to remit their own part of the contributory pension.
“The firing of the PENCOM Director General, embezzlement of various sums of pension benefits funds, the reluctance of some state governors to pay accumulated pension arrears.
“One is left with no other impression than to conclude that Nigeria is fast becoming a country where retirement is next to suicide” he stated.
Udeani described Ugwuanyi as a listening governor, he appealed to him to include in the payroll those pensioners who missed the bio-metric verification exercise of pensions recently carried out in the state.
He assured the governor that their union was prepared to do everything possible to assist in combating Ghost workers.