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2007 National Eye Centre retiree decries nonpayment of contributory pension

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A reform (or severe retired) civil servant of the National Eye Centre (NEC), Kaduna Headquarters, has decried nonpayment of their contributory pension since 2007 when they were compulsorily retired.

The pensioner also alleged that, aside nonpayment of their contributory pension to the entire 2007 retirees, the Centre did not pay them the mandatory one month salary in “lieu of notice” for disengaging them from service untimely.

A victim retiree of the Centre, who pleaded anonymity – for fear of victimization – told our correspondent that, Federal Government had given order for the payment of the contributory pension, but expressed dismay that the management refused to comply with the order till date.

He said they’ve records of the deductions from their salaries for the contributory pension as an evidence and genuine contribution of their money and, therefore, deserved to be paid their dues.

The victim also lamented that, the Centre had consistently denied their members free consultation service when they attend the Eye Hospital, saying, despite repeated complaints against the action by their leaders, nothing has been done to ameliorate the plight of the pensioners’’ appeal.

“Only God knows whether the sicknesses we suffered were acquired from the time of our services in the Eye Hospital,” he stressed.

He also stated that, “We retired with Conties but paid them on Grade Level (GL). There were so many incremental payments made by federal government since our retirement but this does not reflect completely on our pensions.” 

The victim also complained of balance and arrears of their gratuity hanging with the hospital management, saying, “We were only promised by the Executive Secretary of PTAD in Kano that, the computed salary and wages will be implemented soon in March, but we are yet to see it till date.” 

He called on the NLC to also help intervene on behalf of the pensioners, who were members of the body, while in service, and contributed their quotas to labour.

The victim, however, commended federal government for keeping fate with the payment of the normal monthly pension regularly.

Several efforts were made to clarity from the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Mahmoud Alhassan, through a media consultant, but these proved abortive due to protocols.

The CMD, who had always complain of “being engaged in meetings” and other official engagements, promised to get back to our reporter, but never did after two weeks, until press time.

However, when asked whether the contributory pension payment is built into their monthly pension, the sources denied vehemently of any knowledge of such payment in their pension financial statement.

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