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Aggrieved retirees drag govt to court over disparity in pension policy

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Industrial Court in Abuja

Retirees in Nigeria’s six geo-political zones have dragged the Federal Government before the National Industrial Court in Abuja, challenging alleged discrimination in implementing the pension policy in the country.

The retirees are specifically challenging the alleged refusal of the Federal Government to review their pensions upward in line with provisions of Section 173 of the 1999 Constitution.

The suit marked NICN/ABJ/CS/1310/2022 is instituted on their behalf by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Chief Chiesonu Okpoko; the retirees are asking the court to determine the legality and applicability of Section 173 of the 1999 Constitution, Pension Acts of 2004 and 2014 and circulars issued by the Federal Government agencies relating to pension implementations.

The plaintiffs representing the six geo-political zones are Chike Ogbechie, Hajiya Fatima Ahmad, Olarewaju Ale, Vitas Ajaegbu, Alhaji Abubakar Giza, Samuel Oladosu Ajayi, Dama Peter Douglas and Alhaji Muhammed Maccido.

The six defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, the Director General, National Pension Commission and Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

Source: dailypost.ng

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