Friday, 21 September 2018


Just ten days ago, Nigerian Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun resigned amid allegations she presented a fake national service exemption certificate in order to qualify for public office in the West African nation. Later,  presidency confirmed Zainab Ahmed as substantive Minister of Finance.

However, members of the Nigeria Airways branch of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners on Tuesday prevented the Acting Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, from gaining entry into her office during a peaceful protest to demand the non-payment of their 14 years’ pension arrears.

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During the protest, the pensioners displayed placards and took over the main gate of the ministry, obstructing human and vehicular movement, particularly the staff who were resuming for duty.

Addressing the protesters, Ahmed asked for time to enable her get appropriate briefing on the issue, and also requested a proper meeting with the leadership of the group so as to agree on a payment schedule that will be mutually convenient.

She stated that the 14-year arrears of payment would have accumulated into a huge sum, and might not be easy to liquidate in one payment, hence a mutually agreed mode would be necessary.

The protesters therefore presented a copy of their protest letter to the Minister and vacated the gate to allow her access into the premises.

They demanded the payment of their areas totalling N45.3 billion, which they said had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari since 2017.

The protesters also asked the Minister to maintain open and continuous contact with the leadership of the union for development and information regarding their pension.

People’s views about the new finance minister are quite different.

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is a professional accountant who graduated in 1981 from Ahmadu Bello University. She did her National Youth Service, NYSC, in Kaduna State in 1981/1982 and served her country at Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, as an Audit Trainee.

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