Pensioners picket FAAN office in Lagos over  non- payment 


Abiola Seun

The  Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch on Tuesday barricaded the headquarters of the Authority following the inability of its management to pay Consequential Pension Adjustment (CPA) as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that PMB had approved the implementation of the consequential adjustment to the pension benefits occasioned by the new minimum wage increase of 2019.

Speaking to journalists at the FAAN headquarters, the General Secretary, NUP FAAN branch, Comrade Emeka Njoku said the issue has been a prolonged one between FAAN management and pensioners with several meetings held without any result.

Njoku, who noted that at one of the meetings it was agreed between both parties that the issue of the Consequential Pension Adjustment will be paid on or before  September 30, 2021, explained that FAAN has refused to pay without any response on the matter.

“As we speak, they have not paid and no response from the management as to what is delaying the payment or give us time as to when they are going to implement it.

“We have not got any response, hence, we asked our members to come to the headquarters to express their anger”

Njoku explained that their colleagues in other ministries have been paid their CPA and wondered what was holding FAAN.

He warned that if at the end of October, FAAN failed to pay with arrears there will be a nationwide protest

Njoku said the CPA was a presidential approval that affected both pensioners and workers as President Buhari had signed it as an act which every Organisation was mandated to implement

“So, it is not a matter of saying that it is a negotiated issue. It is a fiat approved that every organization should pay to their workers and pensioners”

He said the management of FAAN set up a committee that worked out the cost implications and it was at the stage of implementation.

Njoku, however, advised workers that furniture grants and others were not paramount now but salary that will be embodied when leaving the service

When contacted, the General Manager Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu said FAAN is paying furniture grant, cooperatives, gratuity and pension
for now, adding that once they are done, the Consequential Pension Adjustment will be handled.

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