There are strong indications that all is not well at the Kwara State office of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners as a yet-to-be-identified group of the union has leveled allegations against the management.
The group has informed other pensioners that the managers were illegally withholding N2,000 from their monthly pension every month. It also claims that the current leadership of the union is dominated by retirees from the local government board and runs the administration of the union like the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT.
Reacting to the development, the National President of the Union of Nigerian Pensioners, Malam Seidu Oladimeji Mahmud, condemned the allegations, saying “they are a distraction”.
He described the claims that N2,000 per month was allocated from pensioners’ salaries and that local council pensioners dominated the administration as false allegations. Seidu explained that without the deduction of the official source of payment, “the possible deduction of the union leadership is not true.”
He also said the union leadership covers three state senate districts with only two municipal retirees.
The chairman explained that the election of union leaders was held in accordance with the union bylaws; therefore, the question of the dominance of a particular group was not acceptable. He asked the group to raise grievances and talk to management instead of creating a crisis in the union.