Pension Removal: Senate Is Denying Us Our Fundamental Rights - Retirees
Police and other paramilitary retirees say members of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, are denying them their fundamental right of living as Nigerian citizens.
The retirees stated this at the end of the joint meeting of the Nigeria Police, Immigration, Custom and other paramilitary pensioners which held in Jos, the capital Plateau State.
The National Secretary of the Police officers retirees, ASP, Silvanus Basadengbo, who spoke on behalf of the joint retirees, said they are disturbed by the nonchalant attitude of the Senate over their plight.
He said the joint meeting has discussed on the pending bill before the Senate, having conducted a public hearing on the matter but till now nothing has been heard.
"But after the public hearing on the 28th of September 2017, nothing has been heard and is as good as a denial" he said.
The retirees said it is pity that they have contributed to their successful retirement, but they are today given peanuts, adding that a retired officer in the old pension system, is receiving ten times the amount they are now receiving in the new system.
"We are as good those people that are called to go and die quickly, because lots of us have been ill, our children sent out of schools and many are finding it difficult on to even feed themselves," he said.
The retirees resolutions, also stated that they would not have other legitimate options than to plan, gather and stage peaceful protests at the National Assembly.
They appealed to the Senators do the needful and hasten actions to see that their plight and demand of removal is considered.
"Peaceful protest as suggested by our members, might be the last and only options for us, because when you talk and talk and exhausted all legal avenues, we will be left with no option than to go on peaceful demonstration at the National Assembly, so that the world will hear, see and decide whether we are right or wrong," he threatened.