By Michael Oche
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) has commended President Bola Tinubu for reappointing Dr. Chioma Ejikeme as the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
NUP in a statement signed by NUP NationaL President, Mazi Godwin Abumisi, commended the PTAD boss for the various innovative ideas she introduced that revolutionised pension administration and management in the country.
The NUP which is the umbrella body of pensioners in the country, therefore, distanced itself from rumours of protest against Dr Ejikeme’s reappointment.
NUP added that any group claiming to be representing the interest of pensioners protesting against her reappointment is being used and sponsored by enemies of the entire Nigerian pensioners.
NUP National President commended her dispositions towards pensioners and her quick reactions to resolving their issues as well as her resolve to ensure that humongous pension arrears and entitlements owed to pensioners are cleared.
He said, “This sterling reappointment is indeed well merited and gladdens the hearts of the over two hundred and fifty thousand pensioners managed by PTAD, considering the diligent work she has so ably done for the pensioners ensuring the prompt payment of our monthly pensions and attendance to other challenging issues in the last four years.
“I wish to state that in the NUP, there exists no objection to her appointment. Any talk of protests against her reappointment exists in the hollow minds of persons obviously sponsored by arch enemies of the Nigerian pensioner”, he added.
Also reacting to the rumours of the protest against her reappointment, the General Secretary of the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN) Franklin Enrile, said his members are shocked that any pensioner would think of kicking against Dr. Chioma Ejikeme’s reappointment for any reason.
He stressed that the feat she achieved in the administration of pension management in the country in recent past that eases the stress and undignified treatment pensioners went through in the past is such that no right thinking person will wish contrary to her reappointment.