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Gratuity: Enugu Pensioners Send SOS To Ugwuanyi

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The Enugu State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners have sent out a passionate appeal to the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to pay the gratuities of retirees and ensure prompt payment of pensions.

The pensioners made the appeal during the inauguration of the newly elected members of Enugu State Administrative Committee of the NUP held at the Enugu Main Sub-treasury office of the union on Tuesday.

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According to the pensioners, gratuity was last paid in 2010 during the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime, while the pensions were being paid in arrears in some cases two years.

In his inaugural speech, the new Chairman of the committee, Comrade Ekere Ikechukwu, recalled how Governor Ugwuanyi in 2019 during his second term election promised the senior citizens that if re-elected he would ensure prompt payment of gratuities and pensions.

Regrettably, Ekere said that pensions are currently paid in arrears, while gratuity, he described as ‘a-no-go-area’.

He, however, enjoined the members to see the emergence of his EXCO as a ‘divine obligation to lead and not to rule and to thank God for making the opportunity feasible.’

Meanwhile, the Enugu State Government has last week banned the operation of Tricycle (Keke), Motorcycle (Okada) and Tipper-Truck in all communities in Nkanu East and Nkanu West local government areas of the State.

The State government also banned the operation of Tricycle, Motorcycle and Tipper-Truck in the following communities/neighbourhoods in Enugu South LGA; Amechi Uno, Amechi Awkunanaw, Amechi Uwani, Obeagu Main, Obeagu Uno, Centenary City/Obunagu, Obeagu, One day, Garki, Akwuke, Ugwuaji, Ndiagu Onunyo, Maryland and Ikiriki.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, disclosed that the decision was sequel to an emergency Security Council meeting held in Enugu State Government House, on Thursday, February 24, 2022 ‘on the heels of the recent spike in insecurity in parts of the State and Executive Order No.1: 2022 dated 24th February, 2022’.

The statement enjoined members of the public to comply with this Order as the Security Agencies in the State have been directed to enforce it.


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