The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority hereby rejects
the blackmail of a section of its former workers who have
assembled under the name; Nigerian Ports Authority
Concerned Pensioners (NPACP), a group that is not known to
any Nigerian law.
Although members of this group, led by Mr. Charles Ayo Binitie
are former employees of the Authority, most of who left the
service between 2006 and 2007, they have refused to belong
to the recognised Nigerian Ports Authority Pensioners Welfare
The NPAPWA is recognised by management on the strength of
a July 20, 2018 letter addressed to the Managing Director by
the Chief Registrar, Federal High Court Lagos, Mr. A.A Tahir
recognizing Alhaji Umar Ali Imam as the authentic caretaker
committee member to take charge of the association.
Even though the Authority has found this a legitimate ground
not to have anything to do with the group, management has at
various times in the past three years, given them audience and
taken steps to address their complaints. Some of the steps
which have resulted from meetings with some of their
representatives and affected NPA’s 8000 pensioners include:
Harmonisation of pensions ranging from 15% to 158%
paid to all categories of pensioners including the
The increase of pensions to all categories of pensioners
including members of the NPACP by 3%
Payment of 18months arrears of 3% increase on the
harmonized pension/salary from January 2016 to June
The NPA ensures that all its pensioners get their monthly
entitlements which cumulatively runs into about N700m
on the 22nd day of every month, way ahead of serving
members of staff.
In addition to this, all pensioners have access to the
Authority’s medical facilities at no cost. In fact, the
Authority only recently extended the opportunities for
pensioners to attend referral medical facilities across the
six geo-political zones of the country.
In spite of all of these and the already stated commitment
of the Authority to the review of pensions every five years
or alongside any federal civil service salary
review(whichever comes first) in accordance with
S.173(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, 1999 as amended, members of the NPACP have
continued to try to hold the Authority to ransom.
Their current grouse is that the 3% increase approved by
the Authority is too little and must be increased. This
proposal is not just outrageous but unacceptable to the
Authority, which is aware of the state of its finances and
cannot make unsustainable commitments. Our position
has also been validated by the National Salaries, Incomes
and Wages Commission, which clarified that the
constitution leaves the margin for increase of such
remuneration at the discretion of the Authority.
The NPACP is also claiming that the Authority increased
the salary of staff in January 2018 and as such,
pensioners should benefit.
The correct position, which has been clarified by the
National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission in a
letter written to the Honourable Minister of Transportation
on May 31, 2018 is that the Authority only corrected
“inherent anomalies” in its salary scale and that this
cannot be equated with a salary increase.
The Board of the NPA, in replying a letter written to it by
the NPACP has also indicated that the Authority will no
longer entertain members of the NPACP or any group of
pensioners for that matter unless they channel their
requests through the NPAPWA.
The NPA advises all members of the NPACP who are said
to contribute various sums of money under the claims of
“settling” people at the NPA or National Salaries, Incomes
and Wages Commission to desist from the act forthwith.
There is in this claim and NPA has no dealings with the
The Authority has taken every opportunity to state its
commitment to the welfare of its workforce, serving or
retired but will not allow itself to be stampeded by the
NPACP or any other group.
Jatto A Adams
General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications
Nigerian Ports Authority