‘Your Enjoyment Is Our Labour’, NPA Pensioners Cry
Hundreds of pensioners of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are not happy.
On Wednesday, they staged a protest at the Marina Headquarters of the organisation over what they condemned non-payment of their benefits.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters carried placards with various inscriptions:
“NPA pay us our benefits“, “Your enjoyment is our labour, pay us’’ “Ms Hadiza, our pension is our right” and so on; referring to Hadiza Bala Usman who is the Managing Director of NPA
A Spokesman for the pensioners, Charles Binitie, said their action became unavoidable after repeated efforts to meet with the authorities failed.
He said what they were doing is not to fight the NPA management but to draw attention to their suffering.
“You see, most of our members are going through untold hardship because our pension has not increased for the past 15 years contrary to the law.
“The constitution says pensions should increase every five years but what NPA retirees have been getting since early 2000 is the same thing. No increment.
“So, what we are demanding is the arrears on the normal increment that should have been added on our pension benefits to enable retirees cope with life“, he said.
The protest caused gridlock on Marina road for several hours as the protesters lined both sides and chanted songs.
It took the intervention of policemen from the Port Police Unit and NPA security personnel to move some of the protesters off the road and restore normalcy.