Group of Adamawa state Pensioners under the banner of Triangular Group of Pensioners have commended the Governor of Adamawa state, Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the chairman pension board, Thomas Madi for prompt payment of pension to retirees despite the economic effects of Coronavirus pandemic across the country.
According to the group chairman, Abdullahi Muhammed, who praised the governor in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Yola, Mr Fintiri and Thomas Madi have exhibited a good leadership trait.
He said before the advent of the current chairman of the board, table payment and check-in handy was the order of the day, “I can confirm to you today that the bureaucratic bottleneck of settling some people before collecting a check or the table payment has completely been eradicated under the leadership of Thomas Madi, we are now paid via e payment, we get our pension directly now without settling anyone which is commendable.
Abdullahi said the group’s leadership is in constant discussion with the governor on outstanding gratuities to those retired in 2013, payment of 30 per cent areas to the entitled pensioners, and sustainability of prompt payment of full pensions retirees.
Mr Abdullahi also discouraged pensioners from a public protest on pending areas, describing it as needless arguing that “the current administration has demonstrated trust, integrity and commitment in all industrial negotiations and issues affecting pensioners in the state.”
He said: “We seriously appreciate Mr Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri for making good his campaign promises towards full payment of monthly salaries in the state since his inauguration as governor of Adamawa state, as members of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) an affiliate of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) we find it difficult to believe that the governor can sustain the payment of full salary bearing in mind the meagre resources of the state.”
“We strongly believe in Mr Governor to make half salary a thing of history in the state and equally commend him for gradual payments of gratuities to the entitled pensioners and his commitment to touch all aspects of retirement benefits including those under contributory pension scheme in the state”, he partly said.
Also, he explained that despite the over N18 billion debt repayment, the governor would also approve 142 per cent and 30 per cent pension increase for the entitled pensioners according to information reaching him.