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Pensioners give FCTA 2 week’s ultimatum to pay 33 months arrears

The FCT chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has given the administration a two-week ultimatum to resolve the 33 months’ arrears owed its members.…

The FCT chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has given the administration a two-week ultimatum to resolve the 33 months’ arrears owed its members.

A statement issued on Monday by the chapter’s secretary, Comrade Mohammed Bida, said the members had last year planned for a peaceful assembly at the FCTA secretariat, but that the minister had assured them that their arrears would be paid, a promise that has not been fulfilled till date.

He said effective December 9, 2022, the pensioners will start occupying the FCTA secretariat if the arrears are not paid.

“We were to commence a peaceful assembly at the minister’s office in November 2021, but we were called for a dialogue. The minister assured us that we would be paid immediately the National Assembly approves the 2022 FCT budget, but up till date we have not been paid the consequential adjusted arrears (33 months) which circular came out in 2019.”

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The statement also said: “We shall commence a peaceful gathering in front of the minister’s office on December 9, 2022, if the arrears are not paid before then.

“The union has been writing letters of reminder to no avail. Our members have asked us, the leaders, to issue a 14-day notice of peaceful gathering starting from December 9th.”

According to the statement, the consequential adjusted pension (33 months), for which a circular came out in 2019, has since been implemented by the Area Council Pension Board with full payment, except the FCDA.