27 December 2012

Nigeria: Pensioner Cries Out Over Unpaid Pension

Abuja — A retired member of staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Nwachukwu Jude, has cried out over non-payment of his monthly pension since 2007.

Nwachukwu, who retired from the civil service in 1999, according to documents made available to THISDAY, received his gratuity and was receiving pension until 2006.

He stated that his pension was stopped in 2006, when he was unable to attend verification exercise the same year, and his pension document had since then been missing at the pension office.

According to him, all efforts to rectify the error had proved abortive.

Nwachukwu also said he had written a letter of complaint to the Director of Pension Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, who later contacted him afterwards with promises to assist him.

He noted that an e-pension number 147545 was given to him in 2011, after a biometric capturing and verification exercise in 2011 and he has been submitting copies of his documents to the pensions office, yet his pension records had not been traced.

"147545 was given to him in 2011 after a biometric capturing and verification exercise in 2011, by January when I came to enquire for my payment, I was told my papers could not be traced, that I should submit another, which I did. I submitted the fifth time with ref number 4065 to the Deputy Director Pensions Office," he said.

He claimed to have meet all requirements but was been denied of his entitlements.

"I have meet all the requirements, I worked at the minister's office before my retirement, I also passionately pleaded with the Deputy Director Pensions to forward my name for payment but he vehemently refused, invariably he want to punish me or he wants me dead, I have not received a dime since 2007, I am squatting in an uncompleted building," he added.

Nwachukwu, however, appealed to the Federal Government through relevant authorities to look into the matter so as to enable him enjoy his rightful entitlements.

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