Senate summons NPA MD over non-payment of N1.1bn gratuity

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The Chairman of the Senate panel issued the directive Thursday, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, said the committee observed by action, the has tampered with the implementation of the 2018 of the agency.

He said the agency, by doing so, had “shortchanged innocent Nigerians retired the services of after a 35 years meritorious service to the Nation”.

The senate panel acted a petition brought to it by Isa Usman Kunini and three retired workers behalf of 126 other ex-officers of the the non-payment of a significant portion of their gratuity by the NPA after their retirement in 2018.

In the petition, the retired workers requested the Senate should look into the matter and the NPA management to include the sum of N1,160, 732, 309.43 being the outstanding amount accrued to the ex-officers in the 2020 for immediate payment.

Kunini and three others appeared before the Committee and made a presentation on 17th December, 2020, but NPA management did not show .

Akinyelure flayed the action of the NPA management and warned committee would no longer sit back and allow any government agency alter the implementation of the duly passed by the National Assembly.

He said some management staff of the agencies hid the guise of board approval, which ran contrary to the Appropriation Act signed to law by of Nigeria.

Briefing shortly after the Hearing, Akinyelure said, “It is highly embarrassing that NPA Management Board would sit in their boardroom and alter a budget which has already been passed by the National Assembly and signed to law by .

He said, “The NPA by their action, has shortchanging the helpless retirees with level of impunity.”

Akinyelure said that apart the MD, the Chairman, and Secretary of the NPA board must appear before Committee on the 4th February, 2021 at 1pm.

He said, “They should come and explain the rationale behind their illegal act to deliberately deny the retirees of their legitimate gratuity entitlements amounting to N1,160,732,309.43 covering the period of 1st Jan. -11th July 2018.”