Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Rivers State Chapter has threatened to proceed on a mass protest due to failure of the state government to look into their welfare, despite repeated efforts to get the attention of the government. The statement was made by Collins Nwankwo, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Rivers State, during the South-South Zonal meeting of the union held in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Nwankwo said, the state government was insensitive to the plight of its members, saying the issue of payment of gratuities, initial pension arrears, and death benefits have not been attended to despite various pleas by the union.
“It is very pathetic that the usual payment of gratuities, pension arrears, and death benefits which hitherto were things of joy, have become sources of punishment to our living pensioners and the survivors of the deceased ones.”
“Since the inception of the present administration in 2015, no dime has been paid in this direction and all efforts towards getting our government to consider the need to address them are always not admitted.”
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