Members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Edo state yesterday took to the streets to protest unpaid arrears ranging between seven and 42 months.
The pensioners also demanded the documentation of its members for immediate monthly payment by the ICT office and harmonisation of monthly pensions.
The retirees whom decried what they described as “neglect” by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s administration threatened to boycott the forthcoming governorship poll if their demands were not meant.
The angry pensioners brandished various placards with inscriptions such as, “Pension Benefits Are Economic and Human Rights of Retirees, Give us our Pensions Benefits,” Open Pension Board/Bureau and “No Vacuum in Govt.”
Spokesperson for the retirees, Comrade Vincent Aigbodion, expressed worry that its members were being faced with untold hardship arising from the outstanding.
According to him, we all have decided that unless Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole pay “us our pension arrears, we, our children, wives and families will not come out to vote for this government.”
“We have been told that we will be paid but that is coming only to deceive us to vote again for this government. We want our money, let Oshiomhole pay us because he had admitted that he owes us,” he said.