By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) retirees from across the South West have asked the Federal Government to pay them their about N2billion cumulative, promotion and national housing fund allowances.
Specifically, the NSCDC retirees said to be about 600 in number, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the NSCDC Commandant General and the National Assembly to intervene in the matter, as several letters have been written to all stakeholders to help them settle the cumulative allowances but no positive response from them
The NSCDC retirees emphasized that they were yet to be paid the allowances since they were disengaged from service some years ago.
Speaking with journalists, the Chairman and Secretary of Association of Civil Defense Corps Pensioners Welfare, Mr Morgan James, and Mr Olaleye Moshood disclosed that since 2014, NSCDC authorities is yet to pay the affected retirees their disengagement allowances leading to some of them meeting their untimely death while waiting for their legitimate allowances.
“Housing fund that was deducted from our salaries is yet to be paid to many of the retirees between 2016 and 2019. Many of the retirees are daily dying of hunger and are unable to buy some drugs they need to treat their failing health”, they said.
According to the NSCDC SW retirees spokesperson despite that their letters of promotion were given to them, they were not paid as required by the Public Service rules.
” in a letter dated January 18, 2018, and addressed to the Commandant General, NSCDC at Abuja headquarters, details of the unpaid allowances were specified but till now, there has been no response from their headquarters, adding that as a result of their persistence, the Public Complaints Commission in a letter marked PCC/OY/2018/8/108-121/57, called the attention of the Commandant-General particularly to the National housing fund contribution which the retirees claimed had either been short paid or not paid at all.”
The spokesperson added that after writing to the head office of a bank in Abuja, the bank management replied that “they did not receive the retirees refund applications even though they claimed to have registered individually” and that the bank also stated that ” your organization did not remit the NHF contributions of your personnel for certain months thereby making it impossible for the bank to remit appropriately to those concerned”.
During the protest , the NSCDC retirees were armed with placards having inscriptions such as “Please, NSCDC, save us from hunger”; “Pay us our NHF deducted from our salaries “; ” We’re dying daily waiting for our allowances “; President Buhari, Commandant General, National Assembly, intervene” and many others.