A shocking revelation was made yesterday in Ibadan when pensioners under the umbrella body of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) yesterday stormed the Government House, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest unpaid pension arrears.
During the protest, it emerged that some retired civil servants, mostly primary school teachers have not gotteen their pension for 25 months.
The Nation Newspaper reported that the pensioners sang solidarity songs and carried placards with inscriptions: “We reject NLC,TUC and government MOU”; “Muhammadu Buhari bail pensioners out before we die”; “Stop avoidable deaths”; “Please pay us immediately” and others.
The protesters, led by Gbade Akande, who spoke on behalf of the state NUP Chairman, Ganiyu Azeez, said the government owe them six months arrears while that of primary school teachers is between eight to 25 months.
The pensioners demanded, among other things, the payment of February to June pensions, payment of eight to 25 months pension to retired primary school teachers, an increase of fund to the Ministry of Establishment to pay gratuity and payment of gratuity to the retired teachers.
Others are implementation of six per cent and l5 per cent increase for retired local government workers, payment of arrears of six per cent and l5 per cent pension increase and reinstatement of pensioners, whose names were unjustifiably removed.
The protesters also appealed to the Federal Government to come to their rescue.
Deputy Governor Moses Alake Adeyemo thanked the pensioners for their patience.
He called for more understanding, adding that the situation is not peculiar to the state alone.
These are hard times and I just can’t help but pity the pensioners.