To placate pensioners, Niger Assembly passes pension bill in 3 hours

Pandemonium ensued in Niger State House of Assembly on Wednesday when hundreds of pensioners took over the Assembly complex, demanding the payment of their pensions and gratuities.

This also came as the legislators, within three hours, passed into law the amended law establishing “A contributory Pension Scheme for Employees in the Public Service of Niger State and for Other Related Matters Connected Therewith.”

The protest also saw the collapse of the Chanchaga Local Government Area Public Relations Officer of the New Pensioners Association, Liman Chado.

It took other pensioners and security men around almost two hours to revive Chado, who was thereafter rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

It was said that the PRO could have slumped as a result of exhaustion.

The pensioners vowed to remain within the Assembly complex until their demands were met.

The House, after a three-hour debate at its 28th sitting, passed the amended bill in which was expunged the provision that exempted Permanent Secretaries and some key officers in the ministry from the Contributory Pension Scheme.

The permanent secretaries and other officers in their category were also withdrawn from the first line charge in the payment of pension.

According to the new law, civil servants who joined the service in 1992 were exempted from the CPS.

Speaker of the Assembly, Ahmed Marafa, who commended the speed with which the bill was passed, said the action “has brought an end to the crisis associated with the payment of pension in this state.”

Marafa therefore directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the decision to the governor for his assent.


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