Ogun pensioners kick against new pensions reform act

Ogun State

Ogun state government and the pensioners on its payroll have disagreed on the implementation of the new pensions reform act 2004, signed into law by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, last week.

Under the new Pensions Reform Act 2004, the state government says the monthly emolument of a pensioner is defined as a total sum of basic salary, transport and housing allowances

The pensioners, who spoke with Rockcity FM, however, say that the new act has reduced their allowances as well as entitlements in their gratuity.

For instance, the pensioners complain that the new Pension Act is silent on the health and rent allowances included in the Pensions Act which the Pensions Act 2004 replaces.

The state secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr Bola Lawal speaking to Rockcity FM in Abeokuta, said the union might resort to litigation over the implementation of the new act.

The union official expressed concern that the state government may still go ahead with amending the pension law, despite their objection to the move when the governor briefed them last December on its provisions.

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