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Paramilitary Pensioners protest non-harmonisation of pension

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By Daud Olatunji

Paramilitary Pensioners of Customs, Immigration and Prison Services, PPCIPS, have accused the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, of refusing to harmonise the pensions.

They claimed their suffering was as a result of the anomalies and wrong implementation of 2003 and  2007 increment  for pensioners by PTAD, the agency responsible for the payment of their pensions.

A cross section of pensioners

Speaking through the Chairman of the association in Ogun State and a Deputy Comptroller of Prisons (retd), Adekunle   Adesanya, at a briefing in Prisons Staff Club, Ibara, Abeokuta, to highlight their plight, lamented that the irregularities and anomalies were carried over from   Rasheed Maina’s reign as   the Director of Pension   scheme, adding that PTAD had not made any attempt to rectify it.

He said: “Our serving colleagues had their salary raised by 150 per cent but instead of a corresponding increase of 80 per cent, we were given 15 per cent which is 65 per cent shortage till date.

We have put requests at different times to PTAD for the shortfalls but the reply we always get is that our requests lack merit. It also regretted that personal servant allowance is not included in the entitlement being paid to us. Even after the Federal Government has issued many circulars with the directive that all pensioners who retired at different times on the same grade level  be brought to the same level through harmonisation, PTAD has failed to implement the directive.”

He also claimed that various letters had been written to the  Minister of Finance, PTAD, Head of Service of the Federation, the Senate President among others, without acknowledgement, lamenting that

“This is man’s inhumanity to man, let the good people of conscience intervene. Enough is enough. Pensioners deserve a life of comfort after a selfless service to the nation. We need a living wage to pay our children’s school fees, access good medical services, live in comfort for the remainder of our sojourn on mother earth. Or do they expect us to beg for alms?

“We want to use this medium to give the Federal Government up to July 31, 2018, to address our grievances. We are also bringing to the public that one of our colleagues, Oluwafemi Ogundipe, of the Prison Service had his name omitted in the payroll in December, 2015 and ever since then till now, has not been paid for the omitted month.

He had made various trips to Abuja and their Liaison office at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos but to no avail. He had furnished his bank statement of account to them but still no refund. His Pension No is 1961746419. Is this fair?

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