Kwara Pensioners Embark On Protest, Vow To Boycott Elections
Pensioners in Kwara state have appealed to Senate President. Dr Bukola Saraki and Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to fulfil their pledge of settlement of unpaid gratuities and pensions before the end of September 2018.
The Pensioners in their hundreds, on Tuesday, September 18th, embarked on a peaceful protest as they vowed to boycott the forthcoming elections if the state government fails to settle their over N50 billion unpaid pensions and gratuities.
The Pensioners, including those from the 16 Local Government councils in the state, carried placards in llorin with various inscriptions to boycott the elections if the state government fails to settle their arrears.
The retirees, including old women and physically challenged people, displayed their permanent voters’ cards during the protest and vowed not to participate if their sufferings persist.
The protesters chanted various solidarity songs calling on the state Government to meet their requests before the general elections.
While addressing the Pensioners, the Kwara State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Alhaji Saidu Oladimeji said the Pensioners in the state can no more endure the agony being perpetrated by both state and local governments councils in the state .
According to Oladimeji, the state government stopped payment of gratuities to retired workers since March 2014 which he said had increased poverty and untimely death of several pensioners.
He added that retirees from the Local government councils in the state from 2008 are yet to take gratuities, adding that they have been taking amputated pensions since 2008.
The Chairman accused the state government of non-implementation of 20 percent salary increase harmonization to Pensioners that retired ahead of first May 2010 in both the 16 councils and SUBEB Staff.
"We are demanding for the payment of mutilated monthly pensions to retirees from the Local government councils which had entered 10 months now with negative impacts on the lives of retired workers," he said.
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