What does retirement mean? For these federal government retirees, it means preparation for their graves.

That is why they staged a protest in Lagos to draw the attention of the authorities to their plight.

Apparently, the retirees had been verified about eight months ago, yet they have been unbale to get their pensions and other entitlements paid by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

During the protest, the Defined Benefits Scheme retirees tagged the protest ‘From retirement to grave’ and called on the Federal Government to alleviate their sufferings caused by non-payment of their entitlements.

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The Chairman, Federal Concerned Pensioners, Mr. David Adodo, said the retirees decided to protest because eight months after verification, there had been no corresponding response or detailed information on why their money was not paid.

“A lot of pensioners are not on payroll for the past seven years and more and yet the agency is not sensitive to their plights. They are not even telling us what is happening; they are just keeping quiet.

“We are talking about hunger here; the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate does not understand the meaning of hunger. Our 33% pensions increase is still outstanding; pay us our pensions in full. People are indebted and suffering,” Adodo appealed.

According to him, the monthly stipends for those pensioners on the payroll are sometimes not paid in time.

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