Pensioners protest in Asaba, vow to sleep in govt house
Pensioners in Delta State are protesting over the non-payment of their pension in Asaba, the state capital.
The pensioners arrived the Government House, Asaba on Tuesday in four buses, calling on the governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to pay their pension
Addressing journalists, the Chairman of Association Contributory Retirees, Comrade Agbaka Avurakoghene 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 obsolete N7,000 to calculate our terminal benefit, instead of N18,000 which we (retirees) earned before retirement.
“Suffice it to say that full implementation of the scheme commenced on 1st Match, 2010 when the first set of retirees were churned out and that was when the National Remuneration mode N18,000 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 till 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 in payment.”
The pensioners who reportedly shunned Senior 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.