The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has commended Justice Emmanuel Agim of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja for overruling the payment of pension, gratuity and severance allowance to political officeholders.
A three-member panel of the court had held that it was unjustifiable, for some few politicians, who held office for not more than eight-years, to allocate huge public funds to themselves in the name of pension and severance packages.
The Head, Information Unit of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Bunmi Ogunkolade, 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, the practice cannot be justified in the context of the nation’s current social realities.
He added that the federal government should begin the process of recouping payments already effected.