Ekiti University pensioners say members dying over unpaid N1.5bn arrears

The pensioners of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, are in hardship following the non-payment of their gratuities totalling N1.5 billion, an official has said.

Samuel Akinwale, the chairperson of the Nigerian Universities’ Pensioners Association(NUPA), EKSU chapter, told journalists Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti that the unpaid arrears spanned over 15 years.

The pensioners said they are also in pain over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities which had kept them from their pensions for the period of the strike.

They are, therefore, seeking an end to the strike so that their members could earn their pension and gratuities.

Mr Akinwale said it was inappropriate and disturbing for the university to withhold their pensions since May 2022 due to ASUU’s strike.

He said many of their members had gone into their early graves in the last 15 years due to undue sufferings and neglect occasioned by the inability of the university to defray their gratuities as…

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