Nigerian power sector retirees have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the N35 billion naira arrears owed to them.
Benjamin Amako, president of the Electricity Sector Retirees Welfare Association (ESREWA) addressed the media after a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) on Friday in Abuja.
Amako recalled that the president ordered the payment of their pensions years ago, but regretted that government officials had not yet complied.
“We have not been paid a dime as I speak, for reasons which are totally and clearly human,” NAN said, citing the latter.
“More than five years after the President’s directive, the competent authorities responsible for ensuring that we get the arrears for our dying members seem to be working against the grain.”
Amako said that arrears have always been part of the nation’s budget under the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) budget, transferred to the Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
The union appealed to Buhari, Minister of Finance, Chairman of the Senate Power Committee, Accountant General of the Federation, PTAD and others to save the lives of its members.
Amako demanded immediate action, noting that the country’s economic situation was wreaking havoc on retirees.
N35 billion arrears: government officials have yet to obey Buhari’s order – ESREWA Retirees