By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA— ABIA State Council of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, has called on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to accommodate its members in his promise to clear the arrears of salaries and pensions of the workers with the expected next batch of Paris Club refund.
Rising from a meeting where they reviewed the government’s indebtedness to them, the pensioners urged Governor Ikpeazu to do something urgently to save the life of their members, some of whom “are now ghost of themselves.”
In a communiqué jointly signed by chairman, Comrade Chukwuma Udensi, and Secretary, Elder O. C. Arungwa, the pensioners reminded the governor that some of them are owed as much as 13 months arrears while others are owed between six months and eight months.
Other outstanding debts, according to the council, include pension harmonisation arrears of five-and-a-half years to retired primary school teachers from June 2002 to August 2007 and gratuities to Abia pensioners, which had been outstanding since 1999.
They, however, commended the governor for “his hope inspiring promise and pledge to clear all arrears of salaries and pensions owed to Abia pensioners before the end of this month” and urged him to keep his promise.