In a heart-wrenching account, the Enugu State branch of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has unveiled the dire circumstances faced by its members.
Comrade Ikechukwu Ekere, the State Chairman of the Union, spoke exclusively with News Center Nigeria on October 10, 2023, shedding light on the unimaginable suffering and neglect experienced by these dedicated public servants, who devoted 35 years of their lives to the state.
Ekere expressed deep regret that, despite the modest pensions their members receive, some have not been paid for months, leaving them in severe financial distress.
He used this platform to appeal directly to Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, imploring him to step in and alleviate the suffering of these pensioners.
In his words, “We believe that Dr. Peter Mbah can be the modern-day Pharaoh who recognizes Joseph’s plight, which is why we beseech his intervention.”
When asked about five essential steps the Enugu State Government could take to assist these pensioners, Ekere outlined the following:
Harmonization of pensions: Currently, many Enugu pensioners receive less than five hundred naira (N500) per month. Harmonization would provide a fair and equitable solution to this issue.
Timely payment of monthly pensions: Ensuring that pensions are disbursed promptly is critical to sustaining the livelihoods of these elderly citizens.
Subsidized medical expenses: A significant portion of pensioners now rely on medication to survive. Subsidizing medical bills would greatly alleviate their financial burden.
Establishment of a recreational center: Creating a recreational facility would improve the quality of life for pensioners, offering a place for social interaction and leisure.
Building an Office or Secretariat for the Pension Union: A dedicated space for the Pension Union would enhance their capacity to represent and support their members effectively.
Watch the video below for a more in-depth understanding of this pressing issue.