NLC Alleges President Jonathan, Govs. Neglecting Pensioners

NLC Alleges President Jonathan, Govs. Neglecting Pensioners

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused President Jonathan and the 36 State governors of neglecting senior citizens in the country.

A member of the Central Working Committee (CWC) and National President of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), comrade Ali Abatcha in an exclusive chat with Blueprint emphasized that the union approached the NLC to come to its aid as some of the members died while awaiting their entitlements.

Comrade Abatcha described it as unfortunate that despite the billion of naira of pension fund stolen by some accused authorities, some pensioners still wallow in penury, adding that “we are determined to ensure justice for our members who are owed billions of pension arrears”.

He also disowned two former coordinators of the union, comrade Emmanuel Omoyami and Comrade Adodo David Olufemi for anti union activities and undermining the decision of the union.

The CWC of NLC after its meeting in Abuja resolved that by Wednesday April 10, 2013, all NLC affiliate unions and State councils across the length and breadth of the country will mobilise workers on a protest march to the Presidency and State Government houses.

The communique issued, which was jointly signed by NLC president and general Secretary, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar and Chris Uyot also said in pursuance of this objective, the CWC directed NLC affiliate unions, State Councils, friends and allies of organised labor to immediately commence mobilization for the action.

The Central Working Committee of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) comprising, Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions of Congress met on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Labor House, Abuja, and deliberated on the growing level of corruption and crisis in the pension industry.

The congress also expressed dismay that the Presidency neither acknowledged the letters nor responded to the issues which leadership of the Congress publicly raised on the plight of pensioners.

It added that despite unprecedented scam in the Pension regime and continued raging war of words between the Executive and the National Assembly, pensioners remain the main victims with a teeming number of pensioners not being paid their dues.

Written By: By Moses John