The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch has called for immediate reversal of the slashing of it’s members’ pension which occurred last month, reducing 50 percent of their pensions.
Comrade Emeke Njoku, secretary of NUP FAAN branch in an interview with aviation journalists over the weekend in Lagos called on the Management of FAAN to reverse it within 7 days
“We want that money reversed within 7 days, we have mobilized our members. It is not done. It is unheard of and how much is pension? We shall take action inimical to the organization after 7 days without reversal”
He said FAAN management went too far in slashing their pension which amounted to what he called ‘wickedness’ .
Njoku said it was not a matter of salary but pension stressing that pensioners have been living from hand to mouth with their little monthly pension which has never sustained them.
The NUP scribe disclosed that pension was in the exclusive list of constitution and cannot be touched by anybody including the commander in chief unless he sought for approval from the Court of law before touching pension.
“You see that what FAAN management has done is clear contravention of the Constitution which is not done in any institution. The pensioners will give them consequence”
Njoku lamented that out of the meager pensions being paid, FAAN management was deducting it questioning the criteria used to determine the percentage of pensioners grade level in the deduction.
Njoku explained that NUP FAAN branch has lost 10 of their members as a result of their inability to feed and pay hospital bills.
“Last time, they increased their condition of service. They allocated money to themselves. How much did they give pensioners and they went ahead to start slashing pensions without increment in the last 11 years for pensioners”
An online medium had last week, reported an allegedly stolen N750m fraud in contract scheme that may have indicted top staff of FAAN, involved violation of procurement processes and the payment of half salary of senior staff. But a highly placed source dismissed the allegation. The source projected that the senior staff salary balance would be paid this week, while junior staff (GLs 1-7) were paid their full 100% salaries already.