By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Members of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate have been accused of denying retirees their fundamental rights of living as Nigerian citizens.
The retirees stated this at the end of the joint meeting of the Nigeria Police, Immigration, Customs and other paramilitary, pensioners held in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
National Secretary of the Police Officers Retirees, ASP Silvanus Basadengbo, who spoke on behalf of the joint retirees, said they are disturbed by the nonchalant attitude of the Senate over their plight.
“We are worried and disturbed that for seven months now our seeking for removal from the PENCOM, is not considered by the Senate,” he said.
According to him, the joint meeting has discussed the pending bill before the Senate, having conducted a public hearing on the matter but till now nothing is been heard from them.
“But after the public hearing on the 28th of September 2017, nothing is been heard and it is as good as a denial, that for seven months after the hearing nothing is been heard, this is as better described as a denial in disguise,” he said.
The retirees said it is pity that they have contributed to their successful retirement, but they are today giving peanuts, adding that a retired officer in the old pension system, is receiving ten times the amount they are now receiving in the new system.
“We are as good those people that are called to go and die quickly, because lots of us have been ill, our children sent out of schools and many are finding it difficult on how to even feed themselves, ” he said.
The retirees resolutions, also stated that they would not have other legitimate options than to plan, gather and stage peaceful protest at the National Assembly, should the Senate continue to refuse to aid them get out of the Pension Contributory Scheme (PENCOM).
They appealed to the Senators to stand on their toes, do the needful and hasten action to see that their plight and demand of removal are considered, adding that they have been following for about thirteen times, since 2013.
“Peaceful protest as suggested by our members, might be the last and only option for us, because when you talk and talk and exhaust all legal avenues, we will be left with no option than to go on peaceful demonstration at the National Assembly, so that the world will hear, see and decide whether we are right or wrong,” he threatened.