N68bn gratuity: Ogun pensioners storm Governor’s office, lock out SSG, others

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.Some of the pensioners during the protest

There was confusion at the Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Governor’s office on Wednesday when scores of pensioners in Ogun State stormed the State secretariat to protest the alleged  non-payment of N68bn 10 years outstanding gratuity.

The pensioners, under the auspices of Local Government Pensioners Association blocked the two main gates leading to the secretariat, in Oke-Mosan, to express their anger.

Some government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi and civil servants were said to have been locked out for hours by the pensioners who were armed with placards with various  inscriptions such as “Gratuities are on sales to pensioners”, “Governor Dapo Abiodun, honour your father and treat Pensioners well” and “Governor Abiodun, we don’t deserve this worst humiliation”, among others.

Recall that members of LOGPAN  had in June staged a protest to express their grievances.

Addressing journalists during the protest,  the State Chairman of LOGPAN, Sikiru Ayilara had accused the state government of failing to keep its promises to the pensioners, complaining  that, some of them still earn paltry sum of N3,000 as monthly pension.

He described the quarterly payment of N500m by the governor which according to him would take 34 years to clear all the gratuities as “a wicked act” which is unacceptable.

He insisted that the government should pay them  N1bn monthly instead of  N500m quarterly  which he  said would take 34 years to clear the outstanding.

According to him, the association had written 13 letters to the governor seeking his audience to address their demands, “but the governor has remained recalcitrant and unyielding to their demands”.

He listed some of their demands to include, non-payment of gratuities, lateness of pension payment, non-increment in the monthly pensions and discrimination against the members of the association by the government among others.

According to Ayilara, it is illegal for the state government to be paying their pension through the Ministry of Finance instead of the Bureau of Local government pensions.

While addressing the pensioners, the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi appealed to the pensioners to be  patient with the government.

He explained that “the government is currently experiencing hard times,” but he assured that the government would look into the demands of the pensioners.

 

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