Seven former employees of the defunct Nigerian Airways died within one week as agitation to get their pensions stalls.
The Federal Government had recently approved the payment of N45bn as pensions and gratuities of former workers of the liquidated national carrier.
However, since the approval was given, the workers said nothing has been heard from either the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or the Aviation Ministry.
Chairman, Nigerian Airways Elders’ Forum, Mr. Godwin Jibodu in a chat with journalists listed the deceased former workers as Capt. Asuquo, Capt. Akintaju, Mr K. C. Amah, Mrs Bose Oladumiye, Mr. Onyebuchi Anunobi, Mrs Adebayo Awoyinka, Mr. T. Bellgam and Mr. Ebenezer Akinbode.
“We have lost seven colleagues within the last one week because they could not afford proper treatment for their ailments.
“This is very sad because the government has approved N45 billion since June for payment of our pensions and gratuities.”
Jibodu disclosed further that another colleague identified as Capt. Charles Ntanyi had been missing since August after boarding a commercial bus at night in the Ogba area of Lagos.
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to fast-track the payment of the entitlements.
“We are appealing to Nigeria as a nation not to forget the contributions of Nigerian Airways to national development.
“Nigerian Airways was a partner to the government and till date has helped in building the capacity of workers in the aviation sector.
“There is so much silence and we don’t know who is delaying the payment and it is very unfortunate”, said Jibodu.