Again Pensioners in Edo State on Monday staged a peaceful protest in Benin, the Edo State Capital appealing to the Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole pay pension arrears spanning between 10 to 42 months also include unpaid gratuities to retired workers from the state civil service.
This is coming barely when Nigeria Union of Local Government Workers equally protested the non-payment of their salaries running into months. However, Governor Oshiomhole last week had denied not owing local government workers salaries.
The protesters mostly dressed in black attire stormed the premises of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, noted that their woes become compounded due to the non –harmonization in the payment system adding that some pensioners still earn N2,000 per/month.
They lamented that the dehumanizing living condition of pensioners have saw some of their members been evicted from their homes by their landlords while many now takes refuge in churches and abandoned buildings in the state.
Comrade Pully Noruwa, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Edo State Chapter who spoke on behalf of the pensioners however appealed to the Governor to use their pension as parting gift to them as his administration winds down.
“We want you to help us to beg Oshiomhole to pay us our money. We have borrowed a lot of money that we can’t pay back, he has promised to pay us and we are looking forward to the day the miracle will happened. Some old pensioners are earning only N2,000 per/month and we have been appealing that the pension should be harmonised.
“Our landlord can no longer exercise patient anymore, some of us have been evicted from their homes while others now sleep in church premises. We appeal to the governor to pay all the arrears and to also open the pension board.
They also noted that one thousand persons who retired since the dissolution of the pensions board are yet to have their pension documents processes and consequently enrolled into their monthly pension emoluments adding that “ some of these pensioners are very sick, weak and have no money for medical treatments neither can they meet other financial obligation in their respective homes,” they concluded.