NPA Retiree Appeal AGF To Obey Supreme Court Order, Pay Retirement Pension

Retirees of the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, have made passionate appeal to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) to comply with the Supreme Court judgment which authorized the payment of their pension and gratuity to the tune of about N108 billion naira..

The retirees, who bowed out of service in 1991, urged the minister to save their soul as they were currently living in abject poverty, untold hardship and rising death of their members who lacked funds to manage their health condition.

The chairman of the retired member of NPA, Engr Gabriel Shotunde, who spoke to newsmen on Wednesday, said that the Supreme Court judgment in a suit number SC/190/2003 dated May 11, 2007, had affirmed the decision of the Lagos State High Court in suit number LD/1827/92 that the plaintiff who served the NPA up to 5 years were entitled to gratuity of one year total emoluments.

“The Supreme Court judgment also held that the plaintiff who served above 10 years are entitled to pension and redundancy benefit under the Pension Act 1990.

“Despite getting the landmark judgment from the apex court, the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service and the Attorney-General before Malami, have failed to comply with the judgment and paid their benefits.

“Some cabinet members of the NPA, who see themselves above the law are also truncating the final decision of the apex court and have made it difficult for us to get our benefits after serving meritoriously,” the chairman said.

Shotunde further said that the NPA’s consistent claim of compliance with the Supreme Court Judgment is full of contradictions and a deceit.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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