We're dying of hunger, Oyo Pensioners beg Makinde - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

We're dying of hunger, Oyo Pensioners beg Makinde

By Our Correspondent

Pensioners under the aegis of 'Oyo State 2002 Pensioners' have appealed to the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, to look into their plight over 13 years unpaid pension of about 2000 workers retrenched by the late former governor of the state, Alhaji Lam Adesina, saying they are dying of hunger on a daily basis.

They made the appeal in Ibadan, when they paid 'save our soul' visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II.

The pensioners, who were led by their Chairman and Secretary, Alhaji Mustapha Bamgbade and Comrade Olu Afolabi respectively, lamented that more than half of them had died due to lack of money to take good care of their health.

Bamgbade said the group had no reason to begrudge Governor Makinde who is doing commendably well in terms of pensioners' welfare.

The chairman, therefore, urged the Olubadan to help prevail on Makinde who he described as 'kind-hearted and peace-loving' to show mercy on them.

He pleaded with the monarch to appeal to the governor to extend his virtue as a compassionate governor to them by wiping their tears through payment of the pension arrears.

While recalling the circumstances that led to their premature retirement in 2002 by the government of the late Adesina, Bamgbade explained that the late governor was misled into sacking them with a view that the exercise would save cost of governance.

"Those that advised the governor on our sack refused to give him details of the financial implication of such exercise and this led to our problem since then because, by the time the governor became aware of the financial effect of his action, it was too late to revert it.

''We kept on agitating for our pension payment since 2002 and not until 2015 when our prayers were answered and since then, we have been asking for the payment of our pension dues for 13 years, 2002-2015, which had since remained unpaid," the chairman added.

Responding, Oba Balogun who sympathized with them over a decade pension arrears, urged the governor to look at their plight and make them happy by paying the outstanding money invoking the doctrine of continuity in government.

''We cannot blame the governor for the huge debt the successive administrations have been ignoring, but government is a continum and this places a huge moral burden on the governor and government of the state which the people served meritoriously to be called upon to look into it,"  he added.

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