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Pensioners in Ogun State have continued to go through hardships despite holding a one-day special prayer where they prayed against unknown evil forces preventing Governor Dapo Abiodun from paying them their entitlements.
Forty-two days ago, the senior citizens converged on the Nigerian Union of Pensioners secretariat in Abeokuta, telling God to convince Governor Dapo Abiodun to pay their 68billion gratuities and pensions.
The Pensioners had several times agitated for the unpaid gratuities owned by the state government.
Some of the demands of the pensioners were an increase in the pensioners’ monthly take home; increase in the quarterly release of gratuity from N500m to N1bn; release of deducted contributory pensions to their respective pension fund administrators, as well as the constitution of the Pensions Committee which will administer the affairs of their union.
In his address at the 2022 workers day celebration, Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Ogun State Chapter, Comrade Akeem Lasisi appealed to the Governor to the pensioners’ entitlements.
The TUC Chairman urged the state Governor to increase the quarterly release of N500m.
“Do everything possible to increase the quarterly release of N500 million to clear the backlog of gratuities for the State Pensioners. If the past government had started the remission of N500million quarterly as being done by your government, the backlog might have been either completely offset or minimally reduced by now. So, we commend your government for being humane, but we seek an upward review of the amount so remitted quarterly.”
Despite all the agitation, prayers, pleads and protests, the state government seemed to have turned deaf ear to the demands of the senior citizens.
The Pensioners on Tuesday told PLATFORM TIMES that despite their agitations and interdenominational prayer session, the majority of them were yet to be paid.
The Union Secretary, Bola Lawal, in an exclusive interview with PLATFORM TIMES that a very few number of its members had been remembered by the state government, leaving the majority to their fates.
He, however, reiterated that any government that failed to be friends of pensioners would not be voted for during the forthcoming election.
Lawal said, “We have a lot of issues with the state government. It is not only about our gratuities .
“He has only paid a minute number of pensioners their gratuities .
“Majority of us have not been paid. And we still maintain our stand, we will not vote for any government that is owing pensioners”