Pensioners beg for prompt payment of entitlement

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has appealed to both the federal and state governments to promptly pay the retirees their monthly pension for their upkeep.

President of the union, Dr Abel Afolayan in a statement also demanded for special palliatives for the older people  since their monthly pension is meager that can’t sustain them at this period.

He further urged the senior citizens to stay at home and observe all advisories by the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) as a precautionary measures against the dreaded coronavirus.

The statement said: “In this respect, it is necessary to plead that special provisions be made for prompt payment of monthly pensions by the Federal and State governments. 

“Besides, pensioners and senior citizens should be considered for special palliative measures since the monthly pension of very many of them is too meagre to sustain living under the present unbearable harsh Covid-19 imposed economic conditions. 

“To all pensioners and senior citizens, I would like to repeat what I presume you all know already-that Corona Virus is real. It is also very deadly as there is yet no vaccine or any other proven cure for it. 

“What is absolutely necessary is for everybody to guide against contracting it or being infected with it. This we can do by obeying and adhering strictly to all the injunctions and directives of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) aimed at combating the deadly virus from spreading further.

“I implore you to stay at home and stay safe.  Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and severally with running water.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers always and avoid shaking of hands, also use face mask anytime you are outside your home and always maintain social distancing.

“We commend all the agencies of the government, both federal and state for all the steps taken so far to stem the spread of the pandemic in our country. It is not over until it is over. Hence, more effort and resources must be consistently and increasingly deployed until the virus is completely exterminated and wiped out of our country.

“We also appreciate the palliative measures that have been put in place even though it is still only a scratch on the surface, considering the unprecedented hardships which millions of Nigerians are currently going through.”

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