Abia pensioners protest pension arrears of 45 months - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Abia pensioners protest pension arrears of 45 months

By Editor

 Abia pensioners, Thursday, took to the street to protest backlog of pension arrears.

According to the senior citizens who marched through major streets chanting anti-government songs, the condition of pensioners in the state has deteriorated under the present administration.

The pensioners who said they were only paid one quarters of their pension, claimed that they had been owed a cumulative of 45 months of pension arrears.

Accusing government of insensitivity to the plight of pensioners, the senior citizens said average of 10 pensioners die monthly across the state due to poor welfare package.

The pensioners who marched under begged Gov. Ikpeazu "to show regard for elders".

They carried placards with various inscriptions such as: "Ikpeazu pay us our over 22 years of gratuity"; "Ikpeazu, be informed that many pensioners can no longer get medical care due to lack of money"; and "Ikpeazu, why should we  vote your candidates in the midst of this your wickedness against pensioners?"

Addressing newsmen, the Coordinator, Chief Emeka Okezie, decried the condition of pensioners in the state and pleaded with Gov. Ikpeazu to stop hardening his heart against them.

He regretted that their Leader, Elder Dan Amugo had died due to lack of adequate care.

Chief Okezie who spoke with emotion-laden voice, called on Abians to prevail on the State government to show care to pensioners to reduce their mortality rate.

"Our coordinator, Elder Dan Amugo is in the mortuary and will be buried soon. 

" A lot of us are in the mortuary, a lot of us are lying helplessly and no money to buy drugs.

"Government of Abia State is owing the Abia pensioners a backlog of over 45 months unpaid pensions.

"Throughout this year, they started giving us one-quarter of our monthly pay. Every three months we see one-quarter of our monthly pay in our account. That is all."

"We are the fathers; they are supposed to help us. Is it how it is done in  other states? 

"We are suffering unimaginably. Why can't this people help us?"

The leader of pensioners said that he would not stop demanding their rights despite intimidation by Government.

"Last time, I was arrested and dumped in the police cell. I won't be cowed. If they like, let them invite me again, I will still go".

The pensioners identified their other grievances, to include:"non harmonization of pension from 1998 to 2022; and unpaid accumulated gratuity for 22 years". 

"We have been dehumanized and subjected to unimaginable suffering as death toll ranges to about 10 to 15 old pensioners every month."

The pensioners vowed to continue with their on Friday until their needs were met.

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