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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ogun state council has disassociated itself from a purported plan by an aggrieved group to embark on a protest against the state government over unpaid gratuities.
The union in a press release issued by its state chairman, Comrade W. O Oloyede and secretary, Comrade (Dr.)Bola Lawal noted that the people who threatened to storm the government Secretariat on Thursday, 3rd June ,2021 are not its members.
It would be recalled that the aggrieved group had threatened to embark on a protest against the state government over unpaid gratuities and Pension.
But, the NUP in the statement insisted that gratuity and pension are paid regularly by the government.
NUP stressed that the union has enjoyed a robust relationship with the state government.
The statement reads partly, “it has been brought to notice of Nigeria Union of Pensioners ,Ogun State Council that some group of Pensioners, who are not members of the Union,are threatening to march on the seat of Ogun State Government in protest.
“We wish to state clearly that Nigeria Union of Pensioners, either at the State Level or at the National Level is only Registered Union by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to cater or fight for the cause of Pensioners in Nigeria.
“We wish to dissociate ourselves from the pronouncement of a group of Pensioners,who are not our members and who threatened to storm in protest the Ogun State Government Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Thursday, 3rd June ,2021.
“We hereby declare that Nigeria Union of Pensioners,Ogun State Council,is in good working relationship with the State Government.
“We wish to inform our members that monthly pensions are paid regularly and as when due.
“The State Government of Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR,continues to honour our agreement of 500Million Naira quarterly release for payment of Gratuity,while the Government is working upon the possibility to increase the quarterly release.
“The recent circular on the consequential adjustment in pension had been forwarded to the State Government for implementation and it has promised to commence action on the circular.”
The union however urged the pensioners in the state to disregard the purported plan by the aggrieved people.
The union added,”it is suffice to say that we are making this announcement in order to advice members of Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the State not to allow themselves to be misled into joining illegal Pensioners protest.
“It is also to assure the security outfit in the State and the State Government that Nigeria Union of Pensioners is unconnected with the planned protest.”