The Association of Retired Federal Senior Public Officers of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to direct the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate to pay up the difference in the monthly benefits payable to pensioners before the implementation of minimum wage and the benefits due to them after the implementation of the minimum wage.
The association urged PTAD to adhere to the computation table drawn by the Salaries and Wages Commission in the payment of their outstanding benefits going forward.
In a statement on Sunday, the association, urged the Federal Government to harmonise pensioners’ benefit by eschewing any form of disparity in payment of pension benefits for timely payment of the benefits.
The association noted that for some time now, the monthly pension payment which was always paid immediately after the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee meeting was now paid in the early days of the new month, which showed a shift from the former payment period.
The President, ARFESPON, Mr Olufemi Odewabi, who stated these said it was unfortunate that after a long period of patience exhibited by the pensioners during the agitation for payment of minimum wage, the government later decided to pay 18 months out of the outstanding 24 months owed to pensioners.
He faulted PTAD for creating a differential gap in what it was expected to pay pensioners as approved by the Federal Government through the salary computation table released by the Salaries and Wages Commission.
Odewabi said, “Government decided to pay this salary increase by consequential percentages according to grade levels.
“Salaries and Wages Commission issued out circular for computation of the payment which PTAD in its own wisdom of superiority, decided to discard and brought out its own formulated deficit computation which was used to pay the arrears of 18 months out of the 24 months owed.”
The ARFESPON president called on PTAD to pay the difference in what it supposed to pay for the 18 months in line with the computation table drawn by the Salaries and Wages Commission, and to balance the outstanding six months using the new salary computation table.
Painting a clearer picture of what the pensioners were agitating for, Odewabi, said for instance, in the directorate cadre, the difference between the total payment before the minimum wage and after the minimum wage was about N12,000.
“Even some old pensioners in this cadre have less that N10,000 in their total package whereas the normal total package of their entitled domestic servant in grade level 03 in this exercise is more than this N12,000,” he lamented.
In his appeal to PTAD to normalise the pensioners’ monthly benefits in line with government’s directive, Odewabi said, “Since the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved the table which Salaries and Wages Commission forwarded to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, we are hereby appealing to PTAD to implement this payment henceforth.”
He further appealed to PTAD to include the harmonisation issue in the correction to be made.
He said the association acknowledged the good gestures of the president in fulfilling his promise to make pensioners smile despite the situation in the country, and urged PTAD to make all the combined efforts to succeed in all ramifications.
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