Anambra assembly investigates alleged N500m teachers’ pension fund | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Anambra State House of Assembly has opened inquiries into the circumstances leading to the alleged release of 500 million naira earmarked for the payment of pension arrears owed to primary school teachers between 2002 and 2003.

The Guardian investigation found the sum was allegedly released, but not paid out to beneficiaries, some of whom died.

It came as indications emerged that the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, had inherited six years of arrears in gratuities due to state and local council staff.

While commending Soludo for pledging in his May 1, 2022 speech to clear pension arrears in N300 million installments, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Dr Augustine Ugozor, called for an upward revision of pensioners. advantages.

Ugozor, former president of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), lamented that some pensioners collect peanuts of 2,000 naira per month.

He pointed out that Section 210(3) provides for an upward revision of pensions or whenever there is a salary revision, whichever comes first.

The House Committee on Public Petition, led by Member representing North Orumba State Constituency, Emeka Aforka, was scheduled to meet with NUP representatives yesterday.

It has further been learned that some officers questioned about their involvement in the said missing fund are long dead, while some are incapacitated due to health issues.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ugozor said the union must involve the legislature to ensure immediate settlement of arrears.

The corroborator, NUP Deputy Secretary of State Uchenna Onwuka, said referring the matter to the state legislature is because it has the power to investigate the matter.

Dolores W. Simon