The General News
By Dan Sule- Jalingo
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Taraba state branch has on Monday elected new executive members to head its affairs for the next four years.
The election took place at Sunkani, Ardo Kola local government area of the state with 33 Delegates.
The election, was conducted by the electoral committee under the leadership of PAGS from the National Head office of NUP Abuja, Dr. Bunmi Ogunkolade, Alh. Sani Muhammad, National Vice President North-west and Alh. Ahmed I. Ahmed.
Briefing Neswmen at the state Secretariat of the Union, opposite Taraba state Police Command in Jalingo, the state capital, the newly elected Chairman described the election as a success to the union.
Mr. Kefas Katan who acted as Caretaker, was elected as the Chairman of the Union alongside with other executive members.
Katan further promised to fight for the interest of retiree’s in state, where he thanked members for the confidence reposed in him to lead the affairs of the union.
He informed that, he would work closely with the administration of Governor Darius Ishaku to ensure that pensioners in the state gets what is due for them.
The Chairman also explained that he would abide by the constitution of the union all times, with a view to ensure transparency and accountability.
According to him, the lingering hardship faced by pensioners in the past would soon be over, urging Taraba state government to for the sake of God look into their plight as many of them have died as a result of lack money for medical treatment.
Comrade Kefas Katan, maintained that as it is now, many pensioners in the state cannot afford to pay school fee for their Children, settle medical bills among other basic needs, which he said they are really suffering and dying on daily basis as a result of such situation.
He was optimistic that, with Governor Ishaku’s effort for starting the payment of gratuity according to batches, their suffering will soon be a thing of a past in the state.
Commenting on the rumour that there is faction in Taraba NUP, Comrade Kefas Katan confirmed that there is no any faction, but only that there are some members who embezzled the unions’ dues at the LG levels which led to their suspension by the National body, adding that the union remains as one family.
He however, revealed that as a result, eight local government Chairmen and their Secretaries were suspended for not remitting dues they have been collecting for four years in their local government areas.
The affected local government areas comprise Jalingo, Karim Lamido, Lau, Zing, Yerro, Ardo Kola, Bali and Gashaka.
Meanwhile, other elected officials are Mrs. Zainab Idi- Vice Chairman, Chief Genesis G. Ndong-Treasurer, Bako Abba-Trustee-1, Joseph Bako D.-Trustee-2, Adamu Aliyu-Auditor.
Others include Elder Yazela Major-Ex-officio, Andrew S. Lamma-Ex-officio, Jonathan Bayero-Ex-officio and Polycap Gani-Ex-offico as well as Suleiman Muhammed was elected as P.R.O.