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NUP sends SOS to Buhari over alleged 6 years deduction, non increment of arrears by NSITF

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NUP sends SOS to Buhari over alleged 6 years deduction, non increment of arrears by NSITF

The Nigeria Union of  Pensioners (NUP) has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the various neglects they have suffered and untold hardships it’s members are facing in the hands of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF) through deduction l increase their arrears from 6 to 12 years now.

This was coming as the Union has resolved to take necessary lawful action against the NSITF Management if it failed to address the Pensioners plight raised in their letters.

It was gathered that NUP had written over 10 letters to NISTF, which its negotiation team always tacitly waived aside with a statement of attending to it later but never did, especially on the 2013 increment in their arrears.

This followed a petition written by the pensioners to the Minister of
with Ref; FMLE/2019/001, dated 7th February 2019 titled “Save
our souls”.
Another petition was also sent the Managing Director of NISTF dated August 2018 for which the President, the Minister of labour, the National Chairman of Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the General Secretary National Union of Pensioners were copied
and made available to our reporter.

The petition which was respectively signed by the Chairman of NUP Aham P. Mbazigwe -Akonye and the Secretary, Ayo F. Olutekunbi shows that NSITF did not pay the increases in pension arising from August 2013 increases in the wages and salaries of workers.

Further investigation by our reporter showed that the Managing
Director of NISTF summoned a meeting and constituted a committee after threats by the NUP to picket NISTF.
However, nothing was done as the Executive Director (Finance and investment) as well as General Managers (GM) Administration, investment and Risk of the Scheme told the Pensioner Executive that the figure contained in the report were above the financial approval Capacity.

Part of the petitions read, “The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) NSITF Branch wishes to draw of the attention of the NSITF Management once again to the following letters addressed to the management and refusal to give responses to the correspondences, (a )our letter ref: 2017/001 dated Ist March 2017, (b) our letter ref; 2017/003 dated 21th June 2017.
Others are, (c) ref:2017/004 dated 11th June 2017, (d) Nigeria Union of Pensioners National Headquarters ref: NUP/NHQ/SB/21/VOL. 1 dated 26th Sept 2017 (e) NUP National Head Quarters red: NUP/NHQ/SB/21/VOL.1 Dated 20th Oct.2017. (F) Our letter ref; 2017/007 dated 22th Nov. 2017 (g) our letter ref: 2017)008 dated 16th March 2018 (h) our letter date 29th March 2018 (I) our letter dated 27th April 2018 (J) our letter dated 5th July 2018.

“The National Union of Pensioners (NUP) NSITF Branch, a prominent stakeholder in the NSITF Scheme considered non response to our letters majority of which centered on various neglects suffered and untold hardship by members of our union in the hands of NSITF management as a flagrant disrespect and disregards to the plight of the Pensioners of the Scheme.

“It must be said that never in the history of NSITF that Pensioners have been treated in a shabby way as witnessed by the present set of NSITF Management.

“Having considered the untold disregards and neglecs of the NSITF Pensioners by the management, the Pensioners have been pushed to the wall in seeking redress to the point raised in the aforementioned letters

“The Union has therefore resolved to take the bull by the horns by giving the management two weeks to address the Pensioners plight raised in our letters, failing which we would be force by your inaction to take a stand.”

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Osinbajo says he is heart broken over demise of Pst Dare, pays condolence visit

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed grief over the passing on to glory of Pastor Dare Adepoye, first son of the the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye.

Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a tweet said his principal visited to commiserate with the General Overseer whose son died while asleep earlier on Thursday.

The late son of Daddy G.O as he is fondly called would have celebrated his 43 years birthday on 9th June before he passed away.
Akande said the VP is deeply saddened by the development, hence his visit to Daddy G.O and Mummy G.O. to commiserate with the bereaved family.

He was accompanied by Gov. Abiodun and Minister, Keyamo.
“May Pst Dare’s memory be blessed and the LORD grants fortitude to Daddy G.O, Mummy, the family and all.”
Pastor Dare Adeboye who was the regional Youth Coordinator on the Redeemed Christian Church of God died on Thursday.

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

By Friday Idachaba

Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) Mr Idris Miliki has called on all media owners and stakeholders to safeguard freedom of press and free flow of information.

Miliki who made the call in a statement to mark the “2021 World Press Freedom Day” in Lokoja described Journalism as a noble profession and urged that media professionals must be protected and encouraged.

“As we celebrate the world press freedom day, it is important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information”, the Human Rights activist said.

Miliki decried a situation where Media professionals were being attacked in line of duty as witnessed recently Nigeria and other instances across the world saying the trend was unacceptable and condemnable.

“Journalism is a noble profession and journalists should be able to practice their profession without any hindrances.

The owners of Media organisations, (public and private) should take the welfare of journalists seriously and ensure they are provided with necessary tools, timely and adequate remunerations and conducive environment for practice”, he added.

Miliki however, called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated but strive to uphold the principle and ethics of the profession and ensure objectivity and balancing at all times. (NAN)

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The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Comrade Idris Miliki has called on stakeholders to work towards protecting and safeguarding press freedom.
The Activists in a statement to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day said it is
important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information.

He decried attacks on Media practitioners while on line of duty as withnessed recently in Kogi State, in other part of the country and the world at large as unfortunate and unacceptable.

He condemned the harassment of Journalists, describing Journalism as one of the mist noble profession.
He said journalists should be allowed to practice their profession with out let or hindrances.
Comr Miliki called on the owners of Media institutions to also take the welfare of journalists seriously adding that the onus rests on them to lead by example.
The Executive Director called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated in any way but strive to uphold the ethics of the profession at all times as he wished Journalists a happy press freedom day.

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