Imo pensioners fume again … Accuse govt of issuing fresh forms to cut monthly pensions by 50%

It was a stormy session penultimate weekend when members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Imo State Council held an emergency meeting to discuss fresh forms said to be issued from the Accountant-General’s office, which allegedly cut monthly pensions by 50 percent.
The form required Imo pensioners to swear and sign before a court of competent jurisdiction that their pension arrears and other entitlements had been paid up to December 2016 and that they had accepted to be paid 50 percent of their monthly pensions henceforth in sympathy with the government due to the present economic situation in the country.
The pensioners, who reacted angrily to the form, described it as “death warrant” forced down their throat by the state government.
Addressing union members, comprising  all the chairmen and secretaries in the 27 local government areas of Imo State, including representatives of Imo  Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), and Association of Retired Imo Permanent Secretaries, the union’s chairman, Sir GU. Ezeji, said that the present development is another of the antics of the Imo State government designed to  humiliate and frustrate Imo pensioners to their early grave.
Chief Ezeji said that the union is presently in court with the Imo State government over non-payment of pensions and other entitlements, adding that the union had earlier warned its members never to sign a government form that said that they were not part of the on-going litigation, before this present form which is circulated through the Government Liaison Officers (GLO) in the wards, and their so called pension co-ordinators.
He said that the claims of Imo government that it had cleared all outstanding arrears of pension up to December, 2016 is a big lie, adding that even the few gullible ones who accepted to forfeit 60% their pensions were not fully paid.

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