From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A group, under the auspices of Kaduna Polytechnic Severed staff, (KPSSA), has called on Management of the institution to pay their outstanding pension, saying the delay has caused the death of one hundred of its members.
The group stated this in a communique signed by Mr. Babatunde Ipinyomi and Austin Umera, Chairman and Secretary of KPSSA respectively and made available to the media in kaduna yesterday.
KPSSA stated that its members are becoming agitated and it is tired of holding them back from embarking on violent demonstration.
The statement therefore urged the Polytechnic Authority “to act expeditiously to put a stop to their depression..”
“It will be recalled that about 1000 of us (Junior/Senior staff) were severed in February and May 2008 respectively. It is apoplectic and ravenous to note that 92% of us are downtrodden low income staff from the North, narcissistically oppressed, depressed and denied their rights by some ossified Northerners in positions of authority.
“Our salary structure at the time of severance was CONTISS and this was jettisoned during the computation of our entitlements by the polytechnic/BPSR. Our entitlements were paid retrospectively using HATTISS i.e. 2003 salary structure.
“ We were verified in August 2011 by Kaduna polytechnic, PENCOM and the Bureau of Public service reforms. Our depression was exacerbated by non-payment of the verified figures thereafter to date. The officers from the above establishments were in Kaduna for the exercise, spent up to a week and wasted Government resources as our members till date are receiving half of the verified figures.
“It is disheartening that the 33% pension increment was a deliberate miscalculation from the defective monthly pension. Yet we have only been paid 2½ years (33%) arrears out of over 4 years.
“ Our solace has been the premise that our monthly pension will be rectified when PTAD and the Accountant general’s office conduct their verification miserably, the severed staff of the polytechnic have not been verified by these organizations.
“The Accountant general’s office publicly invited us to Abuja for verification. The polytechnic authority prevailed on us not to travel because they have invited the Accountant General’s office staff to carry out the verification in Kaduna at the polytechnic expense. Three months have lapsed and we are still waiting.
“Our members have reached the nadir of their depression and over 100 of us have died.”