Retired primary school teachers in Enugu State have raised a dirge that they are being owed backlog of pensions running to 27 months, specifically in 2004.
The teachers are also lamenting that some of them are yet to receive their gratuity after retirement since 2002 till date.
They retired teachers from the three senatorial zones made known their woes when they paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi in his office.
A delegation of the retired teachers led by their chairman, Chief Matthias Onovo and the secretary, Chief Ben Nwachi disclosed that they had written relevant authorities in the past without any positive result, saying that as a result of the lack of payment of their pension and other entitlements, some of their colleagues have died while many are bed-ridden for lack of fund for medical care.
Having exhausted every avenue possible to see that the past administration paid them their due, the retired teachers resorted to calling on the speaker to bail them out.
They listed other grievances to include harmonisation arrears, 6, 15, and 33 percent pension increases; irregularities in payment of monthly pensions, and non implementation of promotion re-computer, that is, promotion received after retirement among others.
Hon. Ubosi assured the retired teachers that something would be done to alleviate their plight saying that, “your labour will never go in vain. You have laboured and you deserve to be paid,” he assured.
The speaker said that they came at the right time when the government has set up an audit committee of the local governments of which he is the chairman, pointing out that the issue of teachers as well as their pensioners were part of the terms of reference given by the governor.
He thanked them for making the submission that would serve as a guide to the audit committee set up by Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led administration to look into the rot in the councils with a view to making them viable.


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