Pensioners Protest in Delta State
Pensioners in Delta state are no longer sitting and hoping for their overdue pension to be paid by the state government whenever they feel like as they have taken up the fight with the government by insisting on prompt payment of pensions.
On Tuesday, the weary pensioners arrived Asaba, the state capital in four buses to demand payment of their pension from the governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
Addressing the press to air their grievances, the Chairman of Association Contributory Retirees, Comrade Agbaka Ayuraghene lamented the refusal of the state government to pay the harmonized contributory pension.
He said “Our major problem is government delay to correct the disadvantaged position we were placed by the use of absolute N7,000 to calculate our terminal benefit, instead of N18,000 which we retirees earned before retirement.
Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
“Suffice it to say that full implementation of the scheme commenced on 1st March 2010 when the first set of retirees were churned out and that was when the National Remuneration mode N18,000.00 minimum wage came into force.
This issue of correcting the anomaly has been a subject of dialogue with the government for the past seven years and to date. It is inconclusive. Many of us have died without receiving their benefit out of frustration while most of us are sick and bedridden arising from delay payment”
The pensioners who reportedly shunned political Adviser to Okowa, Funkekeme Solomon, who wanted to address them demanded that the Governor address them and vowed to spend the night at the Government House gate.