Retirees urge Gov Radda to review pensions

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Retirees have urged Gov Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State to review pensioners entitlements in the state.

The call was made by Abdulrahman Ashura, the state secretary of the National Union of Pensioners, while speaking to newsmen in Daura on Monday.

He said the call was in line with the sections 173(3) and 210(3) of the 1999 constitution ( as amended) which stipulates that the pension of retired officer shall be reviewed after every five years or when workers’ wages were reviewed.

“There was distribution of palliatives to workers unions across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state and the pensioners weren’t included.

“Another important grievance is the issue of balance payment of outstanding pension arrears of period of May 2012 to April 2014 for local government staff,” he added.

He said that the arrears of the gratuity were settled in 2016, while the arrears of the monthly pension were yet to be paid.

He expressed appreciation to Governor Dikko Radda for setting up a committee to reform the state and local government pension system.

He also commended the governor for his plans to create a pension affairs commission in the state to tackle problems related to pension.

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