Pensioners in Edo State have lamented the continuous non-payment of their gratuities and arrears years after their disengagement form the state civil service and appealed to the state government to come to their aid.
The said three of their members died while others are presently languishing in total penury following their inability to meet up to their responsibility to their families.
The pensioners drawn from various establishments in the 18 local government councils and state with placards had protested along major roads and streets in Benin the state capital with a call on Governor Adams Oshiomhole to urgently come of their rescue as some of them are dying gradually but painfully.
The pensioners took their protest to the State House of Assembly Benin and NUJ secretariat in respectively to lodge their complaints.
Besides, they blocked the Airport road thereby causing hours of traffic gridlock for motorists nod others.
Spokespersons for the pensioners, Mr. Gabriel Osemwenkha disclosed this yesterday during a protest by hundreds of pensioners over alleged failure of the state government to settle their arrears of pensions and gratuities owed them which runs into several months and millions of Naira.
Osemwenkha stated that the victims had died due to deteriorated health conditions following paucity of funds to cater for their needs and also meet other domestic issues affecting them and their families.
They also called on the Governor to immediately set up the state pensions board with a view to addressing some of the challenges confronting them in the payment of arrears and gratuity of pensioners in the state.
The aggrieved members further faulted the claim by the state Commissioner for Labour and Establishment Comrade Didi Adodo that “we are being sponsored by somebody”, saying that “this is far from the truth as we are retired responsible gentlemen and women and as things are, no one can come out to tell us, compel us to demand for our rights. We know it is our legitimate right, we are entitled to it, it is our own entitlement. Let him pay us that is what we are appealing him to do for us”… Read more
Culled from Leadership Newspaper