Pensioners in Nasarawa State have staged a peaceful protest over non payment of their monthly pensions and other entitlements.
The pensioners who were mostly local government retirees converged on their Union’s office in Lafia in large number regardless of the on going social distancing order to register their grievances.
They displayed placards with inscriptions such as ” Governor Sule Save us From Hunger Pandemic, “15 percent statutory allocation ,for payment of pensions is outdated” and ” Local Government Chairmen, Distance Yourself From Members of the State House of Assembly” among others.
Spokesperson for the protesting pensioners Alhaji Abdullahi Ladan said the rate at which pensioners were dying in the state in recent times was on the rise as most of them could not afford to pay for their medication following non payment of their monthly pensions.
He stated that most of them who retired over ten years ago had not been paid their gratuities and other entitlements which makes life difficult for them.
Alhaji Abdullahi Ladan also called on the state government to intervene to ensure that local government Chairmen in the state reverse their decision to cut down their monthly pensions by fifty percent as it would further inflict more hardship on them.
One of the pensioners Mrs Elizabeth Ajegena said she had been suffering from eye problem for years but could not afford the medical fee due to non payment of her retirement entitlements.
Addressing the retirees, Deputy Governor of the state Dr Emmanuel Akabe sympathized with the pensioners over their plights and commended them for conducting themselves peacefully.
Dr. Emmanuel Akabe said Governor Abdullahi Sule had summoned an emergency meeting with officials of the pension union, leadership of ALGON and the state government with the view to addressing their grievances.