Unpaid Arrears: Edo Pensioners Holds Special Prayer Session
…Threatens to vote out APC
Retirees from the Edo state civil service, came together under the
umbrella body of Nigeria union of pensioners (N.U.P) yesterday, held a
special prayer session over unpaid salary arrears owed them by the
Edo state government spanning almost three years.
The interdenominational service held at the Rt. (Rev). Dr. S. I.
Usunaele hall at Emokpae primary school premises in Benin City
attracted Christians, Muslims and pagan worshippers united for a
single course that their arrears be paid.
Comrade Pullen Noruwa, chairman of N.U.P, Edo state council disclosed
that the gathering was aim at seeking divine intervention following
excruciating pains experience by the pensioners in the state.
Comrade Noruwa said that: “inspite of the constrains and challenges
the pensioners face in the struggle to ensure payment of their
pension benefits, we should pray to the Almighty God to touch the
heart of those in authority to facilitate the payment of our
outstanding pension benefits.”
Noruwa explained that some of the problems face by pensioner is
alleged refusal by the comrade Adams Oshiomhole led government in the
non payment of 6% and 15% pension increases to state pensioners.
“The non payment of all outstanding arrears of pensions; the non
harmonization of pensioners pension; non payment of outstanding
monthly pension of local government pensioners in the state”
including, the non payment of 33% pension increase.
The pensioners who collectively threatened to vote out the ruling all
progressives congress (A.P.C) in the forthcoming coming governorship
election if these issues are not addressed, demand expedite action on
placement of the retired pensioners on payroll.
Noruwa also called for payment of all outstanding gratuities to the
pensioners in the state and payment of three months salary in lieu of
notice to the officers compulsorily retired in the years 1996 and 2000
On his part, Elder G.O Osemwenkhai on behalf of all concerned
pensioners/retirees, Edo state added that: “we hereby use this medium
to appeal to our royal Fathers, Politicians, Elder Statesmen, Mothers,
the Clergy and All Well-Meaning Citizens of Edo State to prevail on
the State Government to pay arrears of pension entitlements to over
one thousand deprived pensioners.”
Osemwenkhai maintain that for the avoidance of doubt, the State
Government has delayed the payment of arrears of pension ranging from
10 to 42 months as a result of which pensioners have been groaning in
penury and pains.
He disclosed that pensioners in the state will on Monday embark on a
mass protest will take place across the three senatorial district of
The interdenominational prayer session was attended by Sheikh Amedu
Oyakhire, Alh. Shehu Dododawa, Alh. Bako Yusuf and Bishop (Dr.) Frank
Ojehunme (JP) of light of God chapel, Holy Spirit manifestation
ministries rendered sermons and prayers for prompt payment the
pensioners arrears in Edo state.
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