NUP lauds appeal court judgement nullifying payment of pension to politicians

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) has described as “laudable”, a recent Appeal Court judgement which overruled the payment of pension, gratuity and severance allowance to political officeholders.

The Head, Information Unit of the union, Bunmi Ogunkolade, who reacted to the judgement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday in Abuja, called for a refund of all monies already collected.

“The practice of paying such monies to them is not sustainable and should not be allowed. The NUP is very happy with the judgement outlawing it.

“NUP wants those concerned to ensure that all monies previously collected by these politicians be refunded to government’s coffers,” Mr Ogunkolade said.

He said it was not morally right to pay an elected public officer or political appointee pension, gratuity or severance allowance for holding such an office for three to eight years.

According to him, this practice cannot be justified in the context of the nation’s current social realities.