Forum of August 2011 and December 2012 retirees in Osun State, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners, have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare a state of emergency in the state, following the refusal of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to pay their 10 months pension and gratuities.
They also warned all contractors handling road projects in the state to leave, saying “failure to heed these warning can spell doom for them.
The state Chairman of the Union, Comrade Tunde Ogunniyi, made this known yesterday during a press conference at the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Osogbo, the state capital.
“Considering the spate of death of pensioners and government workers in the state, as a result of insensitivity of the state government to their welfare and the tension it has generated in the state, it is clear that the governance of the state is beyond the control of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and since threat to peace and security is a major constitutional reason for the declaration of the state of emergency, we hereby call on the federal government and the National Assembly to take over the affairs of the state by declaring State of Emergency in Osun State.”
According to the union, “this fraudulent government owes pensioners backlog of unpaid pension of between 10-15 months and gratuities have not been paid since December 31 2012 till September 15.
“These actions of the government, led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, amounts to deliberate display of callousness, greediness, wickedness, flagrant disobedience to the rule of law, mal-administration and fraud,” the union stated.
The Chairman, who spoke on behalf of over Sixteen thousand retired public servants in the state, also called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to take over the direct payment of money to each Pensioner, adding “or in the alternative, place embargo on the state government from accessing the loan which the governor is planning to divert to fund his white elephant projects.”
The union however, called on the anti-graft agencies to investigate Aregbesola on how he managed the finances of the state, saying “he should be punished in accordance with the anti-graft law of the land.
“We also want to warn these Lagos contractors to immediately pack all their equipments and leave within one week because their safety can no longer be guaranteed by the hungry pensioners, workers and citizens of the state.”


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