By:Christian Nnabuife

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, south west geopolitical zone  has called on  governors of all the six states which includes : Ogun,Ondo,Ibadan,Lagos, Ekiti and Osun to pay up all the pension areas and gratuity  owed its  members or have a date with the union in court.

The senior citizens made this call during a press briefing after the bimonthly meeting of the union held at the NUP Secretariat in Ado Ekiti. 

In a communique read out by the South west Chairman of the union, Elder Ayo Kumapayi, the senior citizens expressed dissatisfaction on how pensioners in the south western region were being owed for many months by various state government.

The union revealed that it had concluded arrangements with the support of the national body to drag governors who failed to pay pensioners  it  monthly entitlements to court.

Elder Kumapayi said the union was ready to test the constitutionality of such ill treatment and seek a redress in the court.

“You would recall the last time we met in Lagos, that we stated that we want to test the constitutionality of our governors not attending to pensioners on time.

“I want to tell you that the Nigeria Union of Pensioners( NUP), south west region, with the backing of the national body has concluded arrangements to test the legality of this constitutionality of our governors not attending to us on time.” He said the union will reveal it decision on this issue by November after the national executive committee meeting slated for Ibadan.

They called on government to make the National Health Issuance scheme  accessible to all pensioners by bringing down the price so that everyone can be captured in the scheme.

“As I speak presently we still have pensioners earning below two thousand naira monthly. Its quite unfortunate and unacceptable so, we want government to do something about it.”

They lauded the move by House of Representative to  prohibit  non-payment of workers and pensioners by employers, including imposing interest on salary and pension paid after due date.

The union called on  governors of the six state in the zone to implement the 33.4% increase before another one falls on it.

The union appealed to Joint National Council to include the NUP in salary discussions  with the federal government.

Meanwhile, the veterans congratulated Governor Kayode Fayemi for his emergence as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum(NGF) while also extending same to other governors who were elected during the last general elections.