Pensioners in Ondo State have appealed for minimum pension as soon as the new National Minimum Wage is in place.
The State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Chief Raphael Adetuwo made the appeal when he led some pensioners to visit Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure.
Chief Adetuwo who said some pensioners’ monthly stipends were not still up to five thousand Naira called for harmonization of pension where people who retired on the same post and grade level would earn same monthly pension no matter the number of years of retirement.
While commending Governor Akeredolu for prompt payment of monthly pension, since the recent administration however called for prompt payment of their five months pension arrears, unpaid gratuities and thirty three percent pension increase approved by the federal government since 2014.
Responding, Governor Akeredolu explained that he had been able to offset part of the five billion naira arrears inherited from the past Administration.
The governor then promised to pay the said arrears as soon as the state’s revenue improved, noting that the senior citizens had worked and should not be allowed to suffer.