Pensioners Paralyse Commercial Activities In Benin
Hundreds of pensioners have blocked the King’s Square area of the Edo capital and motorists are having a hectic time connecting other parts of the ancient city.
They are tired of hardship and suffering.
Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the pensioners chanted solidarity songs and vowed to continue with the protests until the State Government listens.
They are protesting against the alleged non-payment of several months of pension arrears, as well as their gratuity.
They accused the government of being insensitive to their plight.
Leader of the ‘Most Aggrieved Pensioners in Edo’, Gabriel Osemwenkha, described the action of the government as “unacceptable’’ to the pensioners.
He alleged that while the government has refused to attend to them, several pensioners were going through untold hardships, while some have died in the struggle.
Osemwenkha wondered what the state government had done with the Paris Club loan refunds that were meant to offset part of the liabilities of the pensioners and state government employees.
“We will remain on the streets of Benin until government decides to answer us.
“We find it even more insulting that government can issue statements of threat over our protest. We have every right to demand for our entitlements; we worked hard for it and should not be viewed as a privilege,” he said.
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The pensioners had embarked on a similar protest last week, when they took to some major streets of the state capital.
The state government, at the time, reacted by describing the action of the pensioners as a “sponsored protest".