Pensioners write Buhari, plead for payment

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Pensioners of the defunct Delta Steel Company (DSC) Ovwian/ Aladja, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) have written an open letter of ‘Save Our Souls’ (SOS) to President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) on some of their plights.

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In the letter signed by the DSC Branch Chairman of NUP, Comrade Akpoteghor Iseakpobeje, made available to our correspondent today at Effurun, the pensioners appealed for the implementation of the National Policy on Pension Parity (harmonization)

“Sir it is highly disheartening to note that as at today, due to non harmonization of pensioners on the same grade levels, there is a great disparity to pension payment in pensioners of Delta Steel Company who retired on the same grade levels at different times,” the letter read.

They also noted that their pension was not properly computed before it was submitted to Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) by the management of DSC

“We hereby appeal that same allowance and salary structure for computing monthly pension for Jos, Oshogbo and Katsina steel companies be applied for payment benefits in DSC. Please help us to look into this anomaly quickly,” the letter further stated.

While thanking Mr President for paying one month out of the 13 months arears owned them, they pleaded with him to make funds available to PTAD for the payment of the balance 12 months arears under the harmonized pension scheme.

The DSC pensioners also pleaded that their pension payment should be in tandem with the national minimum wage for workers.

They further pleaded that payment of benefits of next of kin to deceased members be paid without any delay.

And they also begged that PTAD should resolve problems of staggered pension payment, short payment and outright omission of members from payroll.

The pensioners appreciated President Buhari for the approval, restoration and regular payment of their monthly pension.

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