May 16, 2023
The Retirees of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), have appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), 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
The retirees who retired in the year 1991, appealed to the Minister to save their souls as they are currently living in abject poverty, untold hardship and rising death of their members who lacked funds to manage their health condition.
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 five years are entitled to gratuity of one year total emoluments.
The court also said that the plaintiff who served above 10 years are entitled to pension and redundancy benefit under the Pension Act 1990.
According to the National Chairman, Engr. C. O. Shotunde, despite getting the landmark judgment from the apex court, the Senate Committe on Establishment and Public Service, former Attorney General of the Federation before Malami, SAN, have failed to comply with the judgment and paid their benefits.
Shotunde expressed worries that some cabinet members of the NPA, who saw themselves above the law are truncating the final decision of the apex court and had made it difficult for them to achieve their benefits after serving meritoriously.
He explained that the NPA’s consistent claim of compliance with the Supreme Court Judgment was full of contradictions and deceit.