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|5 Old Pensioners Faint At Screening Center by dolu2007(m): 11:09am On Jul 07, 2010|
(Sun News) No fewer than five old pensioners fainted yesterday at the headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Asaba, Delta State. The victims and several others had come to the Labour House to undergo screening by officers of the Federal Pensions Office, Abuja, for eventual collection of their pensions.
The only help available to them was from their relations and fellow retirees who had to fan them till they regained some strength and had to either leave the queue or join again, to continue the screening as there was no ambulance to rush them to any hospital.
There were allegations that several others had suffered the same fate before yesterday’s.
When Daily Sun visited the screening venue, the place was filled with many retirees and some of their aides, mainly their relations with a few staff of the Pensions Office milling around.
Speaking to Daily Sun, state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Delta State Council, Chief Matthias Ubiebi, described the situation as unpalatable, unbearable and called on the Federal Government to take serious steps to save people who had contributed their quota to make the country what it is today.
“We are involved in the screening exercise of pensioners, but the problem we have is that the Federal Government underestimated the number of pensioners we have compared to the number of personnel they brought and the materials they brought. That is why we have the crowd you see here today because there is no one to attend to them.”
Daily Sun investigations, however, revealed that the four laptops, with which the officials were doing their work, were hired from a consultant in Port Harcourt.
On the number of pensioners in the state, Chief Ubiebi said, “it is estimated to be over 8,000 and this is the number to be attended to by just two staff and four hired laptops.”
Speaking further, he said, “you have seen what is happening here. The whole place is crowded and there is not enough personnel and materials to work with.”
|Re: 5 Old Pensioners Faint At Screening Center by Caringpro(f): 12:12pm On Jul 07, 2010|
I really wonder why our politicians are so wicked. These old folks dedicated their lives working in various sectors in this Country and the peanuts that should come to them will continue to be handled as if they are mere beggars. Issues like this shouldn't be swept under the carpet if this country must grow,
|Re: 5 Old Pensioners Faint At Screening Center by sophianah(f): 12:18pm On Jul 07, 2010|
I wonder what this country is about, nothing seems to be right
|Re: 5 Old Pensioners Faint At Screening Center by presido1: 12:42pm On Jul 07, 2010|
Maybe we should bombard our FB president of the latest development.
|Re: 5 Old Pensioners Faint At Screening Center by jamace(m): 3:17pm On Jul 07, 2010|
If these pensioners tell you the amount of money they are even fainting for, you will go into a coma because it is so meagre beyond contemplation. In fact, you will be dumbfounded if I tell you that those working in the pesion office see these living scraggy pensioners as nuissance because they have refused to die. Those workers are only interested in the dead ones because that is where they make their own money.
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