By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—ABIA State chapter of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, has accused the state government of lying against them, saying the government is owing its members 15 months pension arrears against the five months allegedly claimed by the government.
The union lamented that its members were going through horrible hardship as a result of the non-payment of their pensions, saying government does not even care about their plight.
Speaking to journalists, weekend, at their 73, Abam Street, state office, Umuahia, state chairman of NUP, Mr Chukwuma Ndubuisi Udensi, described as “false and highly embarrassing, the claim by the government that they owe us only five months.
“This is not true. By this claim, it appears that government is unappreciative of the patience Abia pensioners have displayed since the inception of the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.”
Flanked by other members of his executive committee, Udensi listed the number of months owed pensioners to include between August to December 2014 (five months); January to April 2015 (four months); August to December 2016 (five months) and January 2017 (one month), bringing the total number of months owed her members to 15 months.