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Hardship: 1,500 pensioners die, others plan protest

No fewer than 1,500 members of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) have lost their lives to the current hardship and high cost of living that…

No fewer than 1,500 members of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) have lost their lives to the current hardship and high cost of living that have enveloped the country in the last few months.

This is as members of the union who are still alive vowed to protest naked in the streets of the Federal Capital Territory if they were not included in the recently constituted 37-man committee on minimum wage negotiation.

The president of the NUP, Comrade Godwin Abumisi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, wondered why they would be excluded from a critical committee like minimum wage committee.

The union also revealed that some of their members in some states collected as low as N450 monthly as pension, adding that they buried one of their members who died because of hunger last week.

He said, “We have casualties every day. The casualties arising from the maltreatment of pensioners in Nigeria have now gone to 1,500. Last week, we travelled to Enugu to bury one of our members. We know that he perished out of hunger. How can a pensioner in Enugu receive as low as N450?”

“I am going to lead Nigerian pensioners naked in the streets.”

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