Treatment of Pensioners in Nigeria: Case of No Rest for Retirees (Photos)

It is a known fact that Nigeria is a country where the pensioners are not well treated. The system of the country is wired in such a way that growing old or being a retiree in this country is a very scaring feat for the younger ones all because of how the elderly are treated by the government, government agencies and the society as a whole.

The elderly, who are supposed to be tagged senior citizens and who have, in one capacity or the other given the best part of their lives to the service of this nation are most times not given the due regard or treatment that is worthy of their long and patriotic service to the nation.
A Cross-section of some of the pensioners

This ugly aspect of our national life was brought into mind today again, 18th of July, 2019 when our reporter, Olusola oyewo came across a crowd of aged retirees who were gathered at the Oyo State Pensioners Office in Ibadan waiting for their turn to be screened in the ongoing screening exercise for all Federal retirees in the country.

The screening exercise, according to our findings,  is often carried out once in five years to ascertain the pensioners that are still alive.

It was gathered that the retirees who are mostly above 65 years of age are not being attended to as at when due by the organisation, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, which was contracted by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners to oversee the screening exercise.

The bad part of it is that there is no provision for elderly men and women as they are seen sited on the floor and under the hot sun for hours without any succour.

A Cross-section of some of the pensioners 

Our reporter gathered that they were made to pick numbers, which the pensioners believe is not efficient enough.

Some of the pensioners who spoke to our reporter said they have been coming to the centre since Monday and they are yet to be attended to while the officers in charge of the centre are always rendering abusive comments on them.
A very aged pensioner being helped to the centre by a fellow pensioner.

Efforts to speak to the management of the centre proved abortive.

Now, the question is, why should our senior citizens be subjected to such ill-treatment every now and then? Is there no better way of handling issues of crosschecking the records of our retirees? Must them continue to be subjected to bitter experiences when they are supposed to be resting after the given time, blood and sweat to the service of this nation? How long shall we continue like this?

We urge relevant authorities to look into this as a matter of urgency so as not to continue punishing these elderly men and women in the name of screening exercises.

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