Osun Pensioners Protest 12 months Arrears, Seek FG’s Intervention

By Olajide Idowu

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Osogbo  –  Pensioners  under the aegis of  Forum of 2011/12 Retired Public Servants of Osun,  on Tuesday took to the streets of Osogbo, urging the Federal Government to prevail on the state government to pay their 12 month arrears.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on the protest, the Chairman of the Forum,  Mr Omoniyi Ilesanmi, said non payment of pension to retirees had led to the death of 1,625 members since  2013.

Ilesanmi, who said many  of their members had  become bedridden due to ill heath  and inability to  pay for  treatment, stressed  that others could no longer meet  their  basic needs.

He called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to direct the Ministry of  Finance and the CBN to release the second  tranche  of  the Paris Club loan refund to Osun to remedy the situation.

The spokesman also urged  the acting president to direct both the CBN  and the Federal Ministry of  Finance   to properly monitor the disbursement and utilisation of the fund in the state.

Mr Shola Olojede, the Secretary of the Forum, said what government was owing  pensioners and  workers  totalled  12 months in accumulated pension  and salaries.

Olojede said the state government had been  paying half of  pension and salaries to pensioners and workers since July 2015 and which amounted to  12 months arrears.

He said government was owing N27.6 billion in pension and salaries for the 12 months and  N22 billion in backlog of gratuities from 2008 to 2012.

Olojede said that government  had, however, told the pensioners at a meeting that it had no funds to pay them.

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