Pensioners Sue Nasarawa Govt Over Unpaid Entitlements
Pensioners Sue Nasarawa Govt Over Unpaid Entitlements – Aggreived pensioners in Nasarawa State have taken the state government to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Makurdi, over non-payment of their accumulated gratuities and pensions.
Counsel to the pensioners, Sunday Okpale, told the court that his clients had not been paid their gratuities since 2011.
He lamented that since September 2016 till date, they were being paid monthly pensions in percentage, adding that the failure of the state government has pushed the retirees into untold hardship.
Okpale said the matter was scheduled for hearing after the state government, having been served with appropriate notice, had refused to appear in court.
The counsel prayed the court to grant them summary judgment, compelling the government to pay his clients the balance of their gratuities.
One of the pensioners, Ibrahim Idris, told newsmen that the government has refused to pay them, despite the order by President Muhammadu Buhari that pensioners be considered in the disbursement of Paris Club loan refunds to the state.
He added that notwithstanding the various other interventions, including bailouts from the Federal Government (FG), the state government has not considered paying the pensioners their arrears or gratuities.
“Some of us retired since 2011, but have never been paid our gratuities up till now. Many of us cannot pay our children’s fees, not to talk of even meeting other needs of the families.
“Over 300 of our members have died struggling to be paid, while many are currently in the hospital.”
He lamented that even when the pensioners had risked their health status to embark on protest on the streets of Lafia, the government had remained adamant, hence the legal action became necessary.
In his ruling, Justice Salish Danjida, adjourned the matter till February 11, 2020 for summary judgment.