Nigeria Union of Pensioners Denies Agreement to Waive Outstanding Entitlements as alleged by Abia State Government(Document) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Abia State Chapter has vehemently denied claims that it consented to waive outstanding entitlements and gratuities owed to its members. This rebuttal comes in response to assertions that such an agreement was reached in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by both parties before the disbursement of pension arrears during Governor Alex Otti's administration in April.

In a Communique issued following an extensive State Council meeting in Umuahia, signed by Chairman Chukwuemeka Irondi and State Secretary Uma Kalu, the Union clarified that neither the council nor the State Exco possesses the authority to waive retirees' gratuities. Instead, they emphasized the importance of honoring these obligations and urged the state government to remove any provision suggesting otherwise from the Memorandum of Agreement.

The communique reads in full: “The Enlarged Council-in-session, reviewed recent developments concerning pensions and clearance of pension arrears since its last meeting held on 11" January, 2024 and appreciates the Executive Governor of Abia State, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti (OFR) and His Government for taking steps to restore full monthly payment of pensions in Abia State from June 2023 as well as paying the accumulated arrears of pensions he met on assumption of office on May 29, 2023.


“The Council views this as a bold step in the right direction and urges the Governor to keep it up going forward On the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Abia State Government (ABSG) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Abia State, this Enlarged State Council blames the State Exco of the Union for signing the said MOA on TRUST without reading it carefully, no matter the pressure on them and the urgency attached to it by the Government team.


“However, the Council upholds the stand of the State Exco in paragraph 3 of its letter to the Executive Governor of Abia State on 4 April, 2024 that paragraph VIc) of the MOA which reads consequently the members of the NUP in its duly convened meeting on 11th January, 2024 resolved to waive its outstanding entitlements and gratuities should be expunged" because neither this Council nor the State Exco of the Union has the capacity to waive or forgo the gratuities of retirees because Severance Gratuity is consolidated money sum to which the retiree s entitled "once and for all”.


“The Council notes that articles 7 (a) and (b) of the Memorandum of Agreement provides that any disagreement arising from this MOA should be resolved first by mutual negotiations between the parties. This proviso has not been explored. We therefore look up to Government for that move.


“The Council is much concerned over the plight of some living Pensioners of some Parastatals who have not been duly verified for no fault of their own such as the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA) and Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH). The affected Pensioners have not received any payment (monthly pension or arrears).




“There are also verified next of Kins who have not received any payment. The Council calls on the Government to take necessary actions to resolve these lingering issues in order to save those affected from further suffering and hardship


“The Council is disturbed over the activities of some Pensioners who have constituted themselves as clog in the wheel of the progress of the Union. This Council in session warns such Pensioners to retrace their steps or be prepared to contend with the Nigeria Union of Pensioners”.

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