Pensioners In Anambra Reject Governor Obiano’s Christmas Bags Of Rice, Demand Their Retirement Benefits

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yearly bags of rice given to retirees by Gov Willie Obiano have been rejected while stating that all they need is their benefits. According to them, bags of Rice given to them every Christmas was a ”Greek gift”.

of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Dr Anthony Ugozor, spoke to newsmen behalf of other pensioners Wednesday December 9, said that last gratuity that was paid to them was 2017. He said if they were paid their gratuity, they will have need to be collecting bags of rice from the government every year and that they will have enough money to buy the type of rice they want.

“They give us rice at the end of every year, but the gift of rice is constitutional. is a gift which the government is mandated to give.

If the pension is reviewed as and when due and harmonisation done as be done and arrears paid when is supposed to be paid and we are given rice, we will be more comfortable because we will have enough money to buy the type of rice we want and still have enough money to attend to other needs.

is unfortunate that once somebody retires in Nigeria, he is regarded as deadwood because we can neither embark strike nor give the government an ultimatum. The only thing we can do is to go a hunger strike, which is even detrimental to health.

Everything government is doing concerning pensioners is mere pretence and exploitative and that is I say that government is a true lover of pensioners, be it federal, state, or local government.”Ugozor said.