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Published On: Mon, Dec 18th, 2017

Pensioners sack union secretary in Bauchi

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From Ahmed Kaigama Bauchi

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Bauchi State Chapter has sacked its Secretary, Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed over allegations of insubordination and fraudulent acts.
The State Chairman of the Union, Alhaji Habu Gar announced this in Bauchi while briefing newsmen in his office weekend.
Gar explained that Inuwa was dismissed after a committee setup by the union to investigate the allegations of insubordination and fraud levelled against him allegedly found him guilty.
He further explained that Inuwa had earlier served a three-month suspension by the National Executive Council (NEC), and was later dismissed from the service of the Union based on the reports submitted by committee.
Gar said that the former secretary had on many occasions dabbled into the political affairs of the union and had on many occasions short changed the state chapter by not remitting N2.5 million check up dues to headquarters of the Union in Abuja.
He said that the dismissal of Inuwa had been rectified by the national headquarters of the Union while a name for his replacement had been sent to the national headquarters of the Union for ratification.
Gar warned members of the Union and the public against conducting any business with the former secretary in the name of the NUP as he was no longer in the service of the union.
On debts owed pensioners by the state government, he said that the 7,000 pensioners in the state were being owed N25 billion between 2010 and 2017 as arrears of gratuities.
The chairman said that the state government had, however, completed the verification of all local government retirees while it was conducting that of pensioners for possible settlement of the gratuities.
He called on members to be patient while efforts were being made by the state government to pay them their entitlements and also called on the state government to hasten the process to enable pensioners enjoy their sweat.
The embattled Mohammed, when contacted for comments, said that he was still the secretary of the union as his sack letter carried only the signature of chairman which was improper.
Mohammed confirmed that he was suspended from office in May 2017 for three months and could not resume office when the suspension lapsed.
He said that he had written a letter to the national secretariat of the Union complaining about his dismissal and was waiting for a response.

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