The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has promised to increase pensioners’ benefit from N3, 000 to N30, 000 monthly.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai said that pensioners take home was unacceptable and very poor. He promised that the proposed increase will be tabled before the State Executive Council meeting.
The governor further said although the new minimum pensions will increase the wage bill of Kaduna state by about N200 million, it is important to let pensioners receive decent pensions.
Responding, the State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), thanked the Governor for considering the plights of the senieor citizens.
The letter signed by its state chairman, Alhaji Abdu Ramalan Kwarbai, noted that Malam El-Rufai is the first governor to announce the payment of minimum pension and that it shows his concern for the senior citizens in the state.