Pensioners’ Day: South-West pensioners condemn FCSP members’ action over check-off dues, others

 Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), South-West council, has condemned the action allegedly exhibited by members of Federal Civil Service Pensioners (FCSP) over check-off dues and other issues.

The union made the condemnation in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Olusegun Abatan on Monday in Ibadan.

Abatan said that the zone, at its meeting held on Saturday in Ibadan, deliberated on the action exhibited by FCSP members on Dec.11 during the Pensioners’ Day celebration in Abuja.

He said that the pensioners in the zone condemned, in its entirety, the action of FCSP members, saying that they were supposed to behave as true senior citizens of Nigeria.

Abatan said that grievances were supposed to be settled amicably, using all dispute settlement mechanisms and not to disgrace the union, as was done by FCSP in Abuja.

He alleged that papers containing ‘odious messages’ were distributed by the group amongst which was the claim to occupy the position of Deputy General Secretary (DGS), when it became vacant.

Abatan further said that the constant complaints by FCSP members regarding check-off dues given to the caretaker committee by the union were illogical.

He said that asking the union to refund what was paid to the caretaker committee was jejune.

“It is like asking the former governors and senators, who were sacked by courts, to refund money spent during the period they served.

“Besides, is there no provision for caretaker committee for any erring branch in the constitution? Is FCSP the only branch where caretaker committee has been appointed?” he queried.

According to him, administrative positions in trade unions are not distributed like bean cake, adding that interested candidates will have to apply, take examination and participate in interviews before a suitable candidate is finally appointed.

He wondered what other 53 branches would be doing if FSCP was insisting on having the position of DGS.

Abatan, however, said that the south-west zone was solidly behind the National President of NUP, Mr Godwin Abumisi, pointing out that any attempt to frustrate his tenure uncomfortable would be resisted. (NAN)

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