Some Pensioners in Enugu State have staged a peaceful protest over an alleged negligence by the leadership of the Union in protecting the interest of the members. The protest which was held at the old Eastern House of Assembly Complex Enugu attracted many Pensioners from the state.
The Pensioners who chanted solidarity songs, carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “We need a positive change of leadership,” ‘’Injury to one Pensioner is injury to all Pensioners”, “You have deceived Pensioners enough and quit while the ovation is loud”.
They called for the release of the time table for the election of Enugu Main branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP.
Addressing newsmen, the spokesman of the group, Comrade Patrick Udeh lamented that Pensioners in the State were not well represented by the umbrella body, NUP and demanded smooth switch over of leadership to concerned and committed members of the union in the forthcoming election in the State.
Comrade Udeh said they had written to the national headquarters of NUP to intervene in the matter and help in conducting a free, fair and credible election. Some Pensioners interviewed expressed dissatisfaction with the activities of the state Council stating that they were not being carried along.
During the protest, the Pensioners unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Enugu State council. When contacted, the Secretary of NUP in the State, Comrade John Nebo claimed that the welfare of Pensioners was a priority of the Council.
Comrade Nebo assured that the Council would ensure strict supervision of the election in accordance with the constitutional provision. Comrade Nebo also stated that the time table for the election would soon be communicated to the members.