Pensioners in Delta State are protesting over the non-payment of their pension in Asaba, the state capital. The pensioners who arrived the Government House, Asaba on Tuesday in four buses, called 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.
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Funkekeme Solomon, was shunned by the pensioners when he attempted to address them, the pensioners demanded that the governor must address them in person and vowed to spend the night at the Government House gate.
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 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.”