By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The Bauchi state branch of the federal polytechnic Pensioners Association has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, intervene in plight of its members who are facing untold hardship due to the non-payment of their entitlements.
The Chairman of the Association in in the state, Yusuf Adamu made the appeal, Thursday while speaking to Journalists at the NUJ Press Center, Bauchi.
According to him, members of the association, numbering over 200 are currently living in abject poverty while their entitlements are stocked somewhere in the coffers of government.
While lamenting that they are presently living in a precarious situation, Adamu added that some of them left active service since 2007 and are yet to be settled.
He said that the situation has left them at the mercy of friends, relatives and other well wishers who he said are gradually getting tired of giving them.
The chairman explained that though the PTAD has acknowledged receipt of their papers from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, no attempt has been made to settle them despite series of letters.
Adamu did not blame the authorities of the Federal Poly for the delay said their grouse is that their entitlements were not calculated based on CONSSIT just as they were owned over one year payment.
While calling on the Polytechnic to do the needful, the chairman begged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene in their plight.
Adamu who said many members of the association have died waiting, tearfully noted that some have had their children withdrawn from schools.
“Most of us cannot afford medical bills nor provide food for our families”, he said.
The chairman wondered why government they passionately served meritoriously has resorted to treating them in such a way.