Pay N1bn as gratuities, pensioners tell Abiodun

PENSIONERS in Ogun State on Tuesday rejected Governor Dapo Abiodun’s proposal of N500m quarterly to offset backlog of
unpaid gratuities.

The senior citizens during a protest demanded payment of at least N1bn monthly to clear outstanding gratuities, which was planned to begin from January next year.

The organised labour had on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government over the trade dispute.

The state government had agreed to earmark N500m for the clearance of gratuities on quarterly basis.

But reacting to government’s plan to offset the backlog of gratuities, the pensioners described it as unacceptable.

They lamented that the governor’s proposal would take 34 years to clear the outstanding gratuities, amounting to N68bn.

Addressing journalists at the secretariat, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Waheed Oloyede, said the union had resorted to the protest, following government’s “elusiveness and unfulfilled promises” on the pensioners’ welfare.

While listing their demands, the senior citizens said members demanded increase in pension payment, reversal of controversial Pension Reform Bill and immediate refund of about 134 months contributory pension deductions.

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