Some workers of federal government-owned outfits on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address delay in the payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.
Concise News gathered that the workers made the plea at the pre- retirement workshop organised by National Pension Commission (PenCom) for workers due to retire in 2020.
They noted that retirees were being made to wait endlessly before receiving their benefits despite serving their fatherland for more than 30 years.
One of the workers, Olusegun Oga, a a staff of Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Lagos, told NAN that the delay in settling retirees’ gratuities and pensions had brought discomfort to many retired workers and their families.
“Most times, retirees find it difficult to make ends meet after retirement, this happen because of the long period awaited for gratuities and pensions payments,” he said.
” President Buhari must ensure that retirees get there benefits a month after retirement.
“A federal government worker should be paid like workers in the private sector that access their gratuities immediately after retirement.”
Another worker set for retirement, Ime Abakada, commended PenCom for organising the workshop.
“The workshop is a good thing, it has created a lot of awareness for us, but the government should improve on pension payments process,” he said.
According to Abakada, the Ministry of Finance is working hard to ensure that retirees’ plight come to an end.