Pensioners and Staff of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, Edo State, this week, protested at the gate of the Edo State Ministry of Education, Iyaro, to demand their 12 months unpaid pensions and salaries.
Speaking to journalists, Chairman, Senior Staff Union of the College, Ken Omoruyi, and Chairman of the Academy Staff Union and President, Coalition of Unions, Fred Omonuwa, said the protest would continue until their demands are met.
They said, the state government is owing us 12 months salaries and we are here to debunk the rumours making the rounds that staff of the college have been redeployed. We are here to see the Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, and ask him when we were redeployed and if we were given redeployment letters.
There are also rumours that the college of education has ceased to exist, which is not true because the state government appointed a provost, registrar and bursar for the college.
Speaking on behalf of the pensioners, Efosa Uzebu, said the State Government promised to pay the pensions in 15 installments but only paid 5 installments and stopped.
Responding to the protest, the Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, insisted that the state government was not owing the college staff members, saying the college was defunct while the state government was meeting up with the agreement entered into with the workers.