Pensioners under the auspices of NITEL/MTEL Pensioners Association in North West zone have commended President Muhammed Buhari and the Federal Government over the prompt payment of their monthly pension and deceased members’ next of kin since October 2018.
The association in a statement signed by its Zonal Chairman and Zonal Secretary, Comrade (Engr.) Samuel Idowu Jonathan and Comrade Yeekeen Adeyemi Suleiman respectively in Kaduna at the weekend said words are not enough to express their profound appreciation to the President and the government for their kind gesture which has gone a long way in ameliorating their sufferings.
The association, which comprises workers of the two organisations who were retired before privatization and those disengaged in 2006, also appealed to the Federal Government to fast track the payment of their seven years arrears to save them from sufferings. “Many of our members are dead while those alive have found themselves in difficulty situation and could not pay their children school fees, medical bills and house rent,” they said.
The association also thanked the ministers of finance and communications and the management of Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD) and other relevant agencies for their gesture and prays for peace and peaceful co-existence to reign supreme in our country.
The association however distanced itself from a purported legal action undertaken by a group known as the Association of Former Telecoms Employers of Nigeria (ATEN), which they said is unknown to them adding that they were loyal to the leadership of Comrade Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande currently the Interim National Chairman of their association.