Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, has commended the state Governor, Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar for appointing one of its members as the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, in the name of Alhaji Ahmed Sulaiman.
The Chairman of the State Chapter of NUP Engineer Abu Gar made the commendation over the weekend, when they paid a courtesy call on the new SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman in his office.
He explained that the union, which has over 20,000 members in the state, was very much proud with the governor for appointing one of them as SSG, who knows the plight of pensioners in the state, a seasoned administrator and a technocrat.
“The governor must be commended for bringing somebody with such track record and understandings of administration ‎to salvage the leakages in the entire civil service of the state, honestly it was a good choice by the governor,” he said.
Also speaking, ‎ the Vice Chairman of the North East region of the Union Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Ahmed, lauded the governor over the appointment, urging other governors to take cue from the state, saying the appointment of a pensioner would give a sense of belonging to retirees and hope of a better life in the state.
The two leaders appealed to the state government to look into the backlog of gratuities and work out modalities of settling the retirees’ benefits as its affects members and their livelihood which also leads to the death of some.
The Union also described the ongoing verification exercise of the state pensioners as the best organised exercise in the past 24 years.
“This is the first time pensioners verification exercise is done the way it should be done without hardship, as the exercise has been fast and smooth, the state head of service also deserves commendation for being there for pensioners‎ in the state.”
Responding, the new SSG ‎ assured the pensioners that government would do everything within its capacity to see that retirees enjoy all their benefits.

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