Pensioners who worked in Delta Steel Company DSC, Delta State has threatened to take to the street to protest non-payment of the 9 years pension arrears and what they themed “unjust underpayment” by Pension Transition and Administration Department PTAD.
DSC pensioners under the ages of Association of Iron and Steel Retired Staff of Nigeria, DSC branch in a petition to Hon Francis Ejiroghene Waive, Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representative decried the poor treatment melted out to DSC pensioners be the Federal government.
DSC pensioners in the petition which was signed by Oserohwovo Thomas, Branch Chairman and Okpeh Okari, Secretary disclosed that at least five pensioners die on a weekly base, because they cannot afford basic food, let alone being able to buy drugs when they fail sick.
The called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency commence the payments of their 9 years arrears and also put machineries in place to harmonized the pension benefits of DSC retirees with those of Ajaokuta Company, Itakpe, Jos, Oshogbo, Katsina Rolling Mills, NMDC, MTI and Onitsha NIOMCO.
According to them; “DSC pensioners worked under temperatures of 1500-1700 degree centigrade to produce Steel products and following the constant exposure over the years is today manifesting negatively on the health of the pensioners.”