Pensioners: Bayelsa warns against sponsored protests, says it’s committed to payment

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YENAGOA (Sundiata Post) – Bayelsa State Government has frowned against frequent recourse by various aggrieved groups, but expressed commitment welfare of pensioners in state.

A statement issued on by Chief Press Secretary Governor Henry Seriake , Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the state government and representatives of the Nigeria Labour (NLC) Trade Union of Nigeria (TUC) and other stakeholders have been on the issue of arrears owed pensioners in the State.

According to him, the state government placed very high premium on the payment of pensioners and was doing that diligently, until the sharp drop in the monthly revenues accruing to the State from the Federation Accounts Allocation .

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Iworiso-Markson said despite the significant drop in , a of senior citizens in Bayelsa State, has been set up to proffer lasting solution to the problem of pensioners.

He advised pensioners not to allow themselves to be used by persons, who do not mean well for them, stressing that, the state government was always for dialogue aggrieved groups, no matter the magnitude of the problem at stake.

The Bayelsa State Government also condemned in strong terms, rumours that the State Government has hired thugs to disrupt and beat up a group of pensioners, who embarked on a peaceful protest to the Government House, Yenagoa.

Describing the as totally false and baseless, Iworiso-Markson stated that, the was not only a mischievous figment of the imagination of the writer that was intended to smear the rising profile of Governor .

He also blamed the latest on some misguided politicians, who were bent on “rubbishing the laudable achievements of the Governor for what is clearly their selfish aims.”

The state government, he said, would not give in to cheap blackmail, no matter the persons that are involved.