A large crowd of pensioners in Oyo State under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, yesterday stormed the Government House in Ibadan, the state capital, to protest non-payment of their pension arrears.
The angry pensioners, who stormed the secretariat as early as 8am, were chanting solidarity songs and carried placards bearing various inscriptions such as ‘We Reject NLC,TUC and Government MoU’, ‘Muhammadu Buhari Bail Pensioners Out before We Die’, ‘Stop Avoidable Deaths’ and others.
The protesters led by Mr. Gbade Akande who spoke on behalf of the Oyo State chairman of NUP, Alhaji Ganiyu Azeez, said the state government owed the retired civil servants six months pensions while that of primary school teachers were between eight to 25 months.
The pensioners demanded from government, among other things, the immediate payment of February to June 20l5 pensions, payment of eight to 25 month pension to retired primary school teachers, an increase of fund to the Ministry of Establishment to pay gratuity and payment of gratuity to retired teachers.
Others are immediate implementation of six percent and 15 percent increase for retired local government staff, payment of arrears of six percent and 15 percent pension increase and immediate reinstatement of pensioners whose names were unjustifiably removed.
The protesters, who said with the current economic reality and indebtedness of the state government, the state might find it difficult to meet the financial obligations, appealed to the federal government to come to their rescue.
While receiving the protesting pensioners on behalf of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Deputy Governor Moses Alake Adeyemo thanked the pensioners for their patience.
He called for more understanding, saying the situation was not peculiar to the state.
Adeyemo told them that Governor Ajimobi together with other governors was in Abuja holding meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to rescuing states from financial woods.


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