Military pensioners dismiss planned protest
The Association of Ex Service Pensioners yesterday dismissed a planned protest by a group of military retirees over non-payment of pensions, the president of the association, retired Colonel Ahmed Zubair, said.
He said at a news conference in Abuja that it was illogical for any group to start embarking on protest now that government appeared to be taking genuine steps towards solving the military pension problem.
He noted that the association had been in dialogue with government through the Defence Headquarters where it presented the case of the military pensioners to them and gave a list of the areas military pensioners had been short-changed since 2003.
He said they asked government to pay pensioners the balance of 20.37 percent which was illegally deducted from their original 53.37 percent pension increment during the implementation of the Consolidated Armed Forces Salaries Structure (CONAFSS), 2010.