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Some Cross River pensioners collude with govt officials to defraud colleagues – NUP

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The Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Cross River State has alleged that sure pensioners within the State have been colluding with fraudulent authorities officers to perpetuate pension frauds in opposition to themselves.

The Public Relations Officer of the Union, Amor Ekpatta additionally lamented that there have been no correct verification workouts within the State, making the state authorities to declare that many pensioners have been useless whereas they have been hale and hearty.

Final 12 months, numerous senior residents who have been declared useless by the federal government took to the streets and blocked the Murtala Mohammed Freeway in Calabar the place they sat on chairs and laid on mats for a number of hours.

Ekpatta was visitor on a non-public radio station, SPARKLING FM to mark world pensioners day, the place he reeled out their plights, insincerity of pension fund managers and authorities officers.

“There have been many sharp practises perpetrated by fellow pensioners who collude with authorities officers to defraud different senior residents. It’s painful and irritating,” he stated.

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He lamented that since 2014, gratuities haven’t been paid to pensioners in Cross River State.

He alleged, nonetheless, that there have been reviews that sure pensioners from a sure a part of the State have been selectively paid.

Ekpatta stated, nonetheless, that the current governor, Prof Ben Ayade is paying month-to-month pensions.

“Since 2014, the state has not paid gratuities. We have now met a number of occasions over this worrisome state of affairs.

“Authorities gave assurance two years in the past however up until now, nothing is arising. The backlog of seven years of the unpaid gratuities is de facto large. Most of the senior residents are so weak, sickly and lots of have died with out accumulating their gratuities,” he lamented.

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