Pen­sion­ers lament non in­clu­sion in con­fab

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Mo­hammed, Bauchi

The Nige­rian Union of Pen­sion­ers (NUP) has lamented their ex­clu­sion by the Federal Govern­ment in the on-go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence.

Na­tional pres­i­dent of NUP, Dr A.O Afo­layan, who was rep­re­sented by North-east chair­man of the union, Al­haji Muhammed Inuwa Ahmed, at the press con­fer­ence in Bauchi yes­ter­day said all ef­forts by the union to send del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence failed.

“Govern­ment col­lected names of six per­sons; one from each po­lit­i­cal zone as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the union but none of them was in­cluded in the list. If govern­ment fails to re­spond to our de­mand, the union would mo­bi­lize its over five mil­lion mem­bers na­tion­wide to protest,” he said.

He added that if all ef­forts fail, they will in­volve the Nige­rian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the mat­ter.

“Govern­ment should be told that pen­sion­ers in Nigeria, who are about five mil­lion form a large voting block and to ne­glect us is not in the best in­ter­est of ei­ther the federal or state gov­ern­ments’’, the union said.

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