The Nigeria Union of Pensioners(NUP) South West Zone has vowed to sue state governors in the country over nonpayment of gratuities.
NUP said the gratuity was for their members across the country from 2008 till date, as they are giving the governors between now and July to pay up or face litigations.
Mr Ayo Kumapayi and Olusegun Abatan Zonal Chairman and Spokesman for the zone respectively made the disclosure at the end of the zonal meeting held on Thursday in Akure.
According to him, the union has discovered that nonpayment of gratuity to pensioners is not only in South West but throughout the federation.
“It has become a tradition of Nigerian governors to the extent that pensioners are not paid from 2008 to 2019″. He said
Mr Abatan specifically mentioned the case of Ogun State, where pensioners were falling sick and dying, adding that similar situations had been recorded in rising cases in Lagos, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun and Ondo states as a result of unpaid pensions and gratuities.
Mr Kumapayi on his part said the union discovered that the governors had failed to pay pensioners due to reckless spending on salaries and allowances of political office holders.
“Humongous salaries and allowances of public office holders especially senators and House Representatives members who take home N13million and N14million monthly need to be reviewed. How can those people be collecting such huge money in a country where 80 per cent are battling to meet daily meal?” He said.
He, therefore, called for a review of law setting up the Revenue Mobilisations, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to empower it to place all the political office holders including the president, governors, ministers, federal and state lawmakers on the same salary scale with civil servants from Grade Level-18 to Grade Level-25 in the country.
He said this would save the country’s economy from collapsing and enable the government to have more money to take care of the needs of the less-privileged.