Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP in Akwa Ibom has made a passionate plea to the state government to review the state pension law in line with the Pension Reform Act of 1999.
They have also commended the State Government for the recent payment of arrears of gratuity benefits to pensioners in the State.
The commendation was the high point of the solidarity visit by the NUP to the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon, in Uyo.
Speaking during the visit, the State Chairman of the Union, Elder Ettetor Uwah, lauded the recent move by the government to clear the arrears adding that pensioners have been given a rare of hope and a new lease of life by rescuing them from stigmatization that had bedeviled them over the years.
He solicited the re-constitution of Harmonization Committee earlier set up by the previous administration to address pending pension cases in the area.
In a remark, the Finance Commissioner, Mr. Akan Okon hailed the NUP for appreciating excellence in service, noting that “gratitude propels inspiration”.
Okon maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration would continue to accords priority to the welfare of the citizenry, which informed prompt payment of salaries, pensions, and the recent clearance of backlog of gratuities which had spanned over a decade in spite of the lean resources.
The commissioner assured that pensioners would be given a pride of place in this dispensation, and sued for their continuous support to spur more delivery of democratic dividends to the people.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner who also played host to Akwa Ibom Youth Parliament, Itu State Constituency , called on youths to be good ambassadors of the state by shunning negative tendencies and engaging in productive ventures.
He said the recent sponsorship of the first badge of 100 youths to Israel was to acquire skills that would make them economically viable, urging them to be focused in order to realize their God given potentials.