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We must be included in proposed palliative scheme – Pensioners to FG

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has urged the Federal Government not to ignore its members in the proposed palliative scheme meant to cushion the effect of petrol subsidy removal.

The NUP National President Godwin Abumisi, made the call on Monday in Abuja, during a press conference, emphasising that pensioners are low-income earners who are equally part of the society.

Abumisi said that the fuel subsidy removal has impoverished the vulnerable members of the society of which pensioners are among, and they are struggling for survival.

He said: “As the Tinubu-led Federal Government unfolds plans to cushion the economic hardship that the removal of the fuel subsidy has brought upon the people of Nigeria, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, as the statutory custodian as well as the voice of Nigeria pensioners across the length and breadth of the country, wishes to categorically and unequivocally state and remind the Federal Government that pensioners must be included in the planned palliatives package, being one of the low-income earners in the country.

“There is no gainsaying that the removal of the fuel subsidy has further impoverished and pauperized the vulnerable Nigerian pensioners like other vulnerable groups of persons in our society, who are always struggling and battling for survival.”

Meanwhile in other news…

A Nigerian philanthropist has gone online to complain about his aged father being targeted by cyber-fraudsters commonly called yahoo boys.

The man known as @roqzee said the yahoo boys cleared his father’s entire pension savings of N200,000 in the twinkle of an eye. He explained how the perpetrators used a fake account to obtain his father’s bank details from him on Twitter.

The elderly man had taken to the microblogging platform to complain to UBA customer care, but it turned out that the fraudsters created a similar account using the bank name and he never suspected.

They asked for his account details and PIN, which he provided, but shortly after giving out the information, N200k was removed from the account. His son, roqzee, shared the unfortunate incident on his Twitter page.

He wrote; “Yahoo boys have cleared my 69-year-old dad’s account with his pension savings. He came to complain to @UBAGroup customer care on Twitter and used a fake Twitter handle and they asked him for his account details and PIN which he disclosed. Instantly over 200,000 disappeared 👏🏼 1:0”