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El-Rufai showered with praise for raising minimum pension to N30,000

El-Rufai showered with praise for raising minimum pension to N30,000
January 30
21:33 2020

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Kaduna has commended Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, for raising the minimum amount paid to pensioners to N30,000.

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The governor has promised to increase the minimum payment to N30,000 from as low as N3,000.

In a statement on Thursday, Muyiwa Adekeye, special adviser on media and communication to the governor, said the commendation was contained in a letter addressed to el-Rufai by Abdu Ramalan Kwarbai, the union’s chairman.

Adekeye quoted Kwarbai as saying that el-Rufai is the first governor in the country to announce increment.

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The union’s chairman said el-Rufai’s decision to raise pension “shows the level of your concern for the aged and senior citizens of Kaduna state.”

He also noted that el-Rufai is the first governor to pay the new national minimum wage.

While speaking during a live media chat he recently hosted at the government house, the governor expressed shock that some pensioners were receiving as low as N3,000 stipend monthly.

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While saying that the situation is unacceptable, el-Rufai then promised that an increase would be tabled at state executive council meeting.

He said his administration believes that it is important to give pensioners a decent payment even though it would increase the state’s wage bill by N200 million.

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