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President Buhari Approves New Minimum Wage For Pensioners



President Muhammadu Buhari

All pensioners starting from May 2021 will start enjoying a new minimum wage, Naija News reports.

Naija News reports that the payment of the consequential adjustment under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) in line with the minimum wage approved in 2019 was consented to on Friday (today) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The development which was confirmed to newsmen in Abuja earlier by Dr Chioma Ejikeme, the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), revealed that the approval means the PTAD had been empowered to start the upward adjustment of all pensioners’ benefits.

Ejikeme said that the adjustment of the new pension payment would start from May 2021, adding that the payment of the arrears would cover the period of the implementation of the minimum wage.

She added that “the arrears from April 2019 will be paid along with the pensioners’ monthly benefit starting from May 2021 payroll.”

She revealed further that on April 22, a statement was released to inform the public of the President’s sincerity to implement the consequential adjustment on the pension benefits through PTAD.

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Ejikeme continued: “I emphasise that the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has no reason to go on protest because the matter has been finalised.

“True to that statement, we are here today to confirm that the consequential adjustment will be implemented from May 2021 payroll.

“As a responsible agency of government saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the payment of pension benefits to pensioners under the DBS and their welfare, we are encouraged to do more for our pensioners.

“And we will continue to strive to improve the quality of their lives,” she said.

Ejikeme also said that PTAD would not request the senior citizens to pay any gratification to anybody before they receive their money. The executive secretary advised them not to give their account details to anybody, and to report any scammer to any of the security agencies or PTAD.

“We have concluded arrangements to send SMS to all pensioners, informing them of the payment and to caution them on the activities of the pension scammers.

“The time has come for DBS pensioners to continue to eat the fruits of their labour.

“We appeal to pension unions to always cooperate with the directorate in order to further facilitate better welfare opportunities for our pensioners,” Ejikeme said.

In other news, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied reports that it is broke, saying that its financial performance is nothing to be worried about.
In a statement on Friday by its Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, said the zero revenue projection for May pertains only to the federation revenue stream it manages and not a reflection of its overall financial performance.


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