PENSIONERS in Cross-River State have broken into two factions.In fact, leaders of the pensioners have been fighting for the past five years climaxing into the emergence of a body that calls itself the Association of Local Government Pensioners, from the umbrella body of pensioners in the country ; Nigeria Union of Pensioners , NUP. The new association caters for the welfare of workers who retired from the local government services in the state and at present, they are over 5000 members.
Chairman of the state NUP, Benjamin Ettah, told Vanguard that sometime in 2012, some retired senior civil servants from the local government service came to his office to demand that the union intervene in the affairs of their local body by dissolving it so that they could find a place in the activities of the body. Position of authority He said: “But I told them that I do not have powers to interfere or dissolve the body since there is no crisis there and if they wanted to function in the union, all they needed to do is go in there and gradually rise to the position of authority.”
Ettah claimed that “they also demanded to know how we spend the dues paid by the pensioners and we told them that the money is sent to Abuja national headquarters of our union and a percentage is returned to us to run the affairs of the union. They said how could that be; that the entire money should be kept and spent by the state chapter.”