- No fewer than 900 former employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways have reportedly died
- The chairman of Nigerian Airways’ branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners said the pensioners’ death is as a result of inability to afford proper treatment
- The pensioners earlier staged a protest in Lagos asking the finance minister to release the N45bn pension approved last year by President Buhari
The chairman of Nigerian Airways’ branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Sam Ezene, said no fewer than 900 pensioners of the defunct Nigerian Airways have died while waiting for payment of their severance package.
Ezene who disclosed this lamented that one other Airways pensioner died in the morning of February 6, before the commencement of the pensioners’ recent protest against in Lagos, Vanguard reports.
He said: “Over 900 of our members have unfortunately died since the battle started. In fact, one person died in Lagos in the morning before we started the protest. The 900 we are talking about are those that were reported to us. There were reports of two deaths on February 2. We are not talking about those in the villages that we do not have a report on. So, it has been so bad. Most of them died for lack of money to take care of their health and other necessities.”
NAIJ.com gathered that the chairman of the Nigeria Airways Elders Forum, Godwin Jibodu, had also lamented that they have lost seven colleagues within one week in 2017 because they could not afford proper treatment for their ailments.
He said: “This is very sad because the government has approved N45 billion since June for payment of our pensions and gratuities.”
Jibodu named the dead former Airways workers as Capt. Asuquo, Capt. Akintaju, M. K. Amah, Bose Oladumiye, Onyebuchi Anunobi, Adebayo Awoyinka, T. Bellgam and Ebenezer Akinbode.
He added that another former worker of the defunct airline, Charles Ntanyi, had been missing since August last year after boarding a commercial bus at night in Ogba, Lagos.
Jibodu lamented that the pensioners were wallowing in abject poverty after serving the nation meritoriously at the Nigeria Airways.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways on Tuesday, February 6, staged a protest at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, over the delay of the payment of the N45bn pension approved last year by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The ex-workers blocked the road linking the International wing with the domestic terminals of MMA causing traffic gridlock on the ever busy road.
The protesters, singing solidarity song with different placards, demand an explanation from the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, on why their pension approved since May last year has not been paid.
The placards reportedly read, “President Buhari, save us from Kemi Adeosun now”; "Mrs Adeosun, your action and inactions are man’s inhumanity to man”; “Madam Minister of finance, where is our pension and entitlement, pay us now”; among others.
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