It’s not only in River State that Pentioners are weeping, crying and dying in hunger and penury.
Just in, pensioners in Rivers State have given the State Government one week to pay them all their entitlements or face a statewide protest.
According to the source, Daily Post; The ultimatum came after their pension meeting at the Rivers State Secretariat, Port Harcourt.
Lucky Ati, the leader of the pensioners revealed in an interview with newsmen that if by Tuesday November 5, 2019, nothing has been done by the state government, they would occupy the streets of Port Harcourt.
He lamented that the increase of the state budget
of over N33m for pensioners should have quicken the government to pay the pensioners yet nothing has happened. He revealed that more than 4,000 retirees in the state are suffering of hardship.
He revealed that some of the pensioner’s are now dead as a result of their struggle to survive.
“All we are asking is our right and nothing else. We entered a pensionable employment that states that after 35 years of service or 60 years of age, we are entitled to be paid our gratuity and our pension.
If the state government does nothing between now and tuesday next week, we are going back to the streets”
“Despite carrying out series of biometric 4 months ago, 800 out of 4,400 pensioners were paid their pensioners. Ati revealed.
People of good conscience have criticized the condition of many pensioners in Nigeria blaming government as well.