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FEPPPAN writes President Buhari, pleads for implementation of pensioners’ minimum wage

FEDERAL Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners’ Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN) have written an open letter to President Muhammad Buhari to register their displeasure at the undue delay of implementing minimum wage as relates to pensioners

The minimum wage/salary was signed into law on 18th April, 2019 and this was implemented at the Federal Level in December 2019.

The letter to the President was written and signed on behalf of FEPPPAN by President-General, Chief Dr. Temple C. Ubani JP Snr and General Secretary, Citizen Franklin O. Erinle and copied Secretary to Government of the Federation,  Minister of Labour & Employment,  Attorney General of the Federation.

Others copied include National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC), Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD);  Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as well as the Department of State Services (DSS)

The letter indicated that the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC) had several months ago submitted its Report/Recommendations to the Presidency for approval and subsequent implementation of the recommendations on the Minimum Wage/Salary as it relates to Federal pensioners and pleaded for the president to intervene and cause the appropriate agency to do the needful

The letter read,”We pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme and members of the Federal Parastatals &  Private Sector Pensioners’ Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN) write to acknowledge, with  thanks, your administration’s care and love for pensioners nationwide through regular payment of  our monthly pensions since 2015 when you took over the reins of power.

“However, we have looked forward to the implementation of the Minimum Wage/Salary as it relates to pension increase of pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme, with bated breath, to no avail. Needless to remind your Excellency that you graciously signed the Minimum Wage/Salary into law on 18th April, 2019 and this was implemented at the Federal Level in December 2019.

“Majority of pensioners of Federal Parastatals have persistently clamoured for a showdown through public protests/demonstrations but the leadership of our Association has so far been able to stem the tide of a nationwide protest lest, detractors whose stock in trade is always to run down your government, will latch on this to unjustifiably criticize your government notwithstanding the fact that pensioners nationwide never had it so good before the advent of your administration.

“We heard from the grapevine that the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC) had several months ago submitted its Report/Recommendations to the Presidency for approval and subsequent implementation of the recommendations on the Minimum Wage/Salary as it relates to Federal pensioners. The Report has been going back and forth between the Presidency and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), in the last couple of months.

“We plead with your Excellency to intervene and cause the appropriate organ/agency to do the needful on the matter. We have unflinching faith in your continued love and compassion for the welfare of pensioners nationwide.” The letter read.

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