For as long as the pension of the senior citizens who are retirees of the Nigeria Postal Services NIPOST remain unpaid, the possibility of reopening the office in Calabar is doubtful.
This was part of the findings from a source that preferred to be anonymous when crossriverwatch visited the Nigeria Postal Service, Calabar.
Normal activities within and around the ancient building on Calabar road have been paralyzed living shop owners in the compound to hang their wares on the NIPOST gate.
The office which is under lock and key was pasted with posters bearing inscriptions like “post office closed, pensioners are human beings, pay us our pension NIPOST management, Pay us our 18 months arrears, short course or risk prolonged picketing, our children can no longer go to school, blood of the dead NIPOST pensioners will rest on the wicked NIPOST management” amongst others.
In a save our soul letter obtained by crossriverwatch, the pensioners urged President Jonathan to find out who is sitting on the entitlements of NIPOST retired staff.
The pensioners appealed to the President to look into their matter as part of the transformation agenda of his administration.
The senior citizens said the welfare of dedicated workers who have served the country for many years meritoriously should have been given utmost consideration as it is done in developed countries.
“As the first citizen, the buck stops on the President’s table, especially in all matters capable of discrediting his administration and indeed his person; on the welfare of those who have served Nigeria to retirement, it is their own humble way of showing patriotism and Mr. President should be kind enough to ensure this is resolved speedily”. the letter reads in part .
Effort to speak with the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Cross River State Chapter, Comrade Njom Nyambi on the matter was unsuccessful as several calls put across to his phone were not successful.
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