In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 24th, June, 2020

Drama As Imo Retirees Block Authorities Home Over Pensions, Gratuities (Photograph)

Drama As Imo Retirees Block Government House Over Pensions, Gratuities (Photo)

Imo retirees

Among the pensioners

In response to The PUNCH, some retirees, on Tuesday, took to the streets of Owerri in protest in opposition to the Imo State Authorities’s lack of ability to pay them their pensions and gratuities since February.

Displaying placards with varied inscriptions on their plight, the retirees accused the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration of insensitivity.

The pensioners, who tried to invade the Authorities Home, have been resisted by safety personnel, who fashioned a barricade.

Unable to entry the Authorities Home, the pensioners blocked the roundabout resulting in the premises and prevented motion out and in of the compound.

Briefing journalists, the Chairman, Imo State Pensioners’ Intervention Committee, Mr Iyke Ohaneje, stated efforts made by the physique to make sure the fee of the excellent pensions and gratuities had been pissed off by the workplace of the accountant-general of the state.

He stated 42 pensioners had died on account of the non-payment of their stipends.

The retiree stated they have been on the streets to beg for alms.

Ohaneje acknowledged, “We’re not right here to protest; we’ve come to beg for alms from the folks of Imo State because the authorities has refused to pay our pensions since February. That is cash that we labored for. We’re not begging the federal government for cash. We’re asking the federal government to pay us our pensions, which is cash we earned.

“As on the final rely, 42 members of this affiliation have died of starvation, excluding those within the rural areas. Authorities brokers have pissed off each transfer we’ve made to get our pensions paid.”

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When contacted, the Senior Particular Assistant to the Governor on Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, stated the pensioners would quickly be paid.

He acknowledged that taking to the streets wouldn’t resolve the issue and requested the senior residents to be affected person with the federal government.

“The federal government is conscious of the scenario, however taking to the streets gained’t resolve the issue. The federal government is trying into the books. The pensioners will quickly be paid,”
Nwamkpa stated.

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