On Thursday, retirees in Adamawa State appealed to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to save them from untimely death by paying their pension benefits based on the N18,000 Minimum Wage.
Under the aegis of the Association of Contributory Retirees (ACR), the pensioners, Adamawa State chapter, pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians to intervene by urging the state government to pay their pension benefits.
The state ACR chairman, Mr Buba Ahmed, who appealed while briefing reporters in Yola, said all pension reform acts expressly stipulate that a worker upon retirement should not earn less than 50 per cent of his last salary before retirement.
Mr Ahmed Buba said the current payment based on N4000 had placed them at a disadvantage.
Buba stated that retirees are dying in numbers due to inadequate funds to finance pension in Adamawa.
“It becomes an issue of man’s inhumanity to man, seeing that it is a glaring case of negligence of persons who have slaved all their youthful years to serve and are expected to be regarded as senior citizens, who depend on only their pension to meet with all their domestic challenges.”
Buba urged Governor Fintiri to device a means of paying the 18 billion naira required to settle pensioners in Adamawa as most of their members are dying due to frustration”.