Regular Pensions Payment Is Buhari’s Commitment To Welfare of Nigerians – Minister

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Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said

the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the welfare of

Nigerians prompted him to end the 14-year suffering of the pensioners

and former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

The Minister made the remarks in Lagos on Friday while addressing the

former workers of the Nigeria Airways, who staged a rally in support

of the re-election of President Buhari.

“The Administration’s commitment to the welfare of Nigerians has led

President Muhammadu Buhari to end the 14-year wait and suffering of

the 5,996 former staffers of Nigeria Airways, who have started

receiving payment of their pension arrears and other benefits from the

Federal Government.

“It is noteworthy that since the liquidation of Nigeria Airways,

successive Administrations have failed to settle the ex staffers,

leading to untold suffering and loss of human dignity by the affected

people,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said apart from the former workers of the defunct

Nigeria Airways, other group of former workers who have benefitted

from the people-oriented policy of the Buhari Administration are the

former Biafran policemen, former workers of the Aladja Delta Steel

Company and former NITEL workers, whose years of suffering and neglect

came to an end.

He said the pro-poor policies of the government, has benefited many

Nigerians, listing the Conditional Cash Transfer which has benefitted

300,000 families and the home-grown school feeding system, under which

9.3 million school children are being fed daily.

The Minister also said 500,000 graduates have been employed under the

N-Power Programme while about 1.2 million people are covered by the

Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and the TraderMoni.

Alhaji Mohammed, who thanked the ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways for

demonstrating their support for President Buhari, urged them to

re-elect him on February 16 to enable the President to continue with

the good works he has started.

“Your show of appreciation and indeed your support for the President

could not have come at a better time, as we are just a few days to the

presidential elections. With your support and votes, the President

will be re-elected to another four-year term to continue his good

works for the good people of Nigerian,” he said.

In his remark, the President of the ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria

Airways, Mr. Lukman Animashaun, said for 14 years the ex-workers were

molested, dehumanized and debased until the coming of President

Buhari, who cleared their backlog of pension arrears and other

benefits.

Earlier, the ex-Nigeria Airways workers staged a procession that

started from the Skypower Catering Centre and took them through some

of the major streets in Ikeja.

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