DSC pensioners to protest over unpaid pension arrears

DSC iron and steel company.
Ernest Sunday

Pensioners of Delta Steel Company (DSC) in Delta state have threatened to protest for not receiving their nine years pension arrears from the Pension Transition and Administration Department (PTAD) terming it “unjust underpayment”.

The pensioners who are under the Association of Iron and Steel Retired Staff of Nigeria, DSC branch wrote a letter to the member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representative Hon Francis Ejiroghene Waive.

In the letter signed by Oserohwovo Thomas, Branch Chairman and Okpeh Okari, Secretary, the pensioners lamented on how the pensioners of the DSC branch has been poorly treated by the Federal Government regarding the payment.

They said that at least six members of the association die every week due to lack of money for feeding. 

And also they cannot afford to buy drugs for medication when they fell sick as they have been exposed to a high temperature in the company before their retirement.

The members have called on the Federal Government to look into the issue so that they can be able to tackle their daily problem.

In the letter, it read, "DSC pensioners worked under temperatures of 1500-1700 degree centigrade to produce Steel products and following the constant exposure over the years is today manifesting negatively on the health of the pensioners.

“Some of our pensioners receive as low as N2, 000 as pension per month, while those in level 14 officer, that is like an assistant director in the ministry will be earning a pension of N16,000 per month, and this is due largely by wrong computation by PTAD.

President of Steel Town Community, Udu, Delta State, Mr Simeon Segba speaking to reporters said that the pensioners are only fighting for their right and they need to be heard.

“We are not asking for what is not our right, we are asking for what is our right, and we have the documents to that effect, the submission I gave to Hon. Francis Waive, all the documents are attached, and the day they call for that important meeting it will be better for all of us.

“If the National Assembly does not exist intervene, the President will not intervene, we will be forced to call out over 20,000 residents in that town to come out.

"We are not afraid; I am old enough, I am about 70, I am old enough because even if you want to detain me because I am asking for the right of my people, I am not afraid, so the right thing should be done, we need this arrear.

"In that meeting, if we present all our case before the parties, they will see the truth and let them do what is right, that all we are asking for, we are not violent.”

Hon Francis Waive has commended the association for choosing a dialogue approach in solving the problem and advised them to remain calm and peaceful assuring them that he will take up their case to the appropriate authorities and ensure that the matter is appropriately addressed.

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