Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


The Centre for Human Rights Advocacy and Wholesome Society, CEHRAWS  has condemned the alleged exploitation and mistreatment of retirees, particularly those who have dedicated their lives to shaping the future of Nigeria through education.

A release signed and made available to newsmen by Okoye, Chuka Peter, Executive Director, CEHRAWS expressed deep concern over recent allegations brought forth by the Abia Retired Teachers’ Forum (ART-FORUM) regarding the denial of entitlements to retired teachers from the years 2017 to 2023.

CEHRAWS passionately called on the Abia State Governor Alex Otti and relevant stakeholders to save the lives of these retirees by compelling the Abia NUT to immediately address these allegations and fulfill the requests made by the ART-Forum without further delay.

The release read, “It has come to our attention that numerous retired educators have been unjustly denied their rightful entitlements despite years of dedicated service to the education sector. These entitlements represent money deducted from their salaries throughout their service years, intended to be released on retirement as a welfare support package to help cushion the effects of retirement. These individuals, who have diligently served their communities, allege facing extortion and false promises from the Abia branch of the Nigerian Union of Teachers while seeking the release of said entitlements.

“CEHRAWS condemns in the strongest terms any form of exploitation or mistreatment of retirees, particularly those who have dedicated their lives to shaping the future of our nation through education. It is unacceptable that these individuals, who have contributed so much to society, are now being denied their rightful entitlements in their golden years. Allegations suggest that such callous acts have even led to the deaths of some retirees.

“CEHRAWS stands in solidarity with the retired teachers of Abia State and will continue to advocate for their rights and well-being. We will closely monitor the situation and work in partnership with civil society organizations and anti-graft agencies to ensure justice is served”.

Furthermore, CEHRAWS who urged the Union to fully cooperate with the proposed investigations that will soon be conducted by relevant authorities including the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), implored the Abia NUT to act swiftly and responsibly in rectifying this matter, as failure to do so will result in further legal action and consequences.

CEHRAWS maintained that the dignity and welfare of Abia retired teachers must be upheld and respected at all times.


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