By Bintas Shama Abuja—
Accountant–General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris has called on pensioners in the country to contribute meaningfully to all issues aff ecting the nation’s growth and development .
Idris made the call yesterday in Abuja while receiving members of the Association of Contributory Pensioners of Nigeria, who were at the Treasury on a courtesy visit.
He said: “Your Association is made up seasoned experts and professionals in all aspects of nation’s life, as such it is a platform for advocacy not only for the members but for the entire nation.
“You should have a say in all matters aff ecting the nation, given your experiences and qualifi cations, you defi nitely have a role to play in deciding what happens in the nation.
” He pledged the support of the Offi ce of the Accountant-General of the Federation to the association by partnering with them in the area of training and capacity development, saying this will enable the retirees off er their experiences to mentoring and training the staff of the Treasury to improve on their competencies and effi ciency on the job.
Idris also commended members of the association for championing the cause of the pensioners in the country and urged them not to relent but to ensure they use all legitimate means to draw the attention of the government to the plight of the pensioners in the country.
Earlier, President of the association Chief U.C.
Ekpo, informed the AGF, that they were at the Treasury to thank him for the support he had shown them and to brief him on their preparations to hold a symposium in Abuja.
According to him the symposium which will hold in October, 2017 will feature former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the special guest of honour and is expected to address issues bordering on the plight of the Nigerian pensioners.
Th e ACPN is the umbrella body for all retired public servants in Nigeria irrespective of profession or field.