Pensioners Protest Against Bayelsa State Govt
Bayelsa Pensioners Association BPA has vowed to only support the governorship candidate of any party that will guarantee the payment of their pensions and gratuity as well as uplift the welfare and life of all pensioners in the state.
President of BPA, Mr. Alabo Bodi-Amaran, gave this assurance while addressing newsmen at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the Press Centre on Thursday in Yenagoa.
Pensioners’ association president emphasized the need for whoever emerges as the governor to improve the welfare of pensioners stressing that pensioners are often ignored and neglected by previous governments.
Only a candidate who will show commitment towards meeting pensioners’ demands will be supported this time around in the upcoming Bayelsa state governorship election, he insisted.
He called all pensioners in the state to be calm and await further directive on who to vote as governor on Nov. 16. He said: “BPA remains non-partisan but will continue to fight for and protect the interest of pensioners by being open to consultations.
“We are not deterred but rather strengthened to keep pushing on until succor comes our way.
Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State
“One of the sad realities pensioners have been subjected to, for almost eight years is non-payment of gratuity.“ He said that this would help retirees to meet their numerous socioeconomic obligations after meritorious service.
“It is obvious that government’s refusal to pay gratuity is a deliberate attempt to impoverish senior citizens, whose crime is clearly that we diligently serve the state,” he stated.
The president appealed to the Bayelsa Government to harmonise the payment of pension in the state. “It is common knowledge that what we receive as monthly take-home does not take us home in the actual sense, it rather takes us into indebtedness resulting in misery and pain.
“In spite of this, without due consultations, the government unilaterally and arbitrary deduct our monthly pay for Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme and the State Education Trust Fund,“ he said.
According to him, it is the government’s obligation to cater to her senior citizens not forcefully taking monies of the aged to fund state responsibilities.