Osun Pensioners Shut Govt Secretariat over Unpaid Pensions
Adebayo Fajinmi & Omolosho Fatai Olamilekan
Hundreds of pensioners in Osun State on Thursday besieged the Abere Government secretariat to protest what they described as Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s many lies over pensions.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as “Gov. Oyetola, stop this lying and fake promises”; “Pay us our money”, blocked the State Secretariat at Abere.
Oyadare Gbenga, who led the protest while addressing newsmen at the secretariat, said the government owed pensioners N50 billion, both in accrued rights and contributory pensions.
“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola should seek bailout from the Federal Government, if he refuses to borrow to pay us. We cannot continue to let our people die due to hunger and lack of money.
“Our accrued rights, which is our entitlements before the commencement of the contributory pension in May 2010 and the monthly contributory pensions are yet to be paid, five years after retirement.
“Some people have been paid, but they are here to show solidarity with others.
“Many of our colleagues have been down with one sickness or other ailments such as stroke, diabetes, blindness etc. We cannot continue like this. The governor must be proactive about resolving the issue.”
This comes after the governor released the sum of Seven Hundred and Eight Million Naira (708,000,000.00) to pay pensions of retirees in the State on Monday.
The Head of Service in the State, Dr. Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade who disclosed this in a statement restated the Governor Oyetola-led administration’s commitment to the people’s welfare, saying effort had been mustered to give workers the pride of place they deserve.
A breakdown of the fund released indicates that the sum of N508million was approved to pay pensions of retired civil servants under the Old Pension Scheme, while the sum of N150million was approved to pay selected retirees “based on merit”, under the Contributory Pensions Scheme.
Also, the total sum of N50million will be used to offset part of the gratuities of retired officers under the Old Pensions Scheme.
The statement noted that the list of names of the selected retirees has been posted on the notice boards of the Ministry of Information and Civil Orientation; State Pensions Bureau and the Office of the Head of Service.