Retirees from the Edo state civil service, came together
under the umbrella body of Nigeria union of pensioners (N.U.P) yesterday held a
special prayer session over unpaid salary arrears owned them by the Edo state government spanning 10
to 42 months.
The interdenominational service held at the Rt. (Rev).
Dr. S. I. Usunaele hall at Emokpae primary school premises in Benin
City attracted Christians, Muslims and pagan worshippers united for a single
course that their arrears be paid.
Comrade Pullen Noruwa, chairman of N.U.P, Edo state
council disclosed that the gathering was aim at seeking divine intervention
following excruciating pains experience by the pensioners in the state.
Comrade Noruwa said that: "inspite of the constrains
and challenges the pensioners face in
the struggle to ensure payment of their pension
benefits, we should pray to the Almighty God to touch the heart of those
in authority to facilitate the payment
of our outstanding pension benefits."
that some of the problems face by pensioner is alleged refusal by the comrade Adams Oshiomhole led
government in the non payment of 6% and
15% pension increases to state pensioners.
"The non payment of all outstanding arrears of
pensions; the non harmonization of pensioners pension; non payment of
outstanding monthly pension of local government pensioners in the state"
including, the non payment of 33% pension increase.
The pensioners who
collectively threatened to vote out the ruling all progressives congress
(A.P.C) in the forthcoming coming governorship election if these issues are not
addressed, demand expedite action on placement of the retired pensioners on
Noruwa also called for payment of all outstanding
gratuities to the pensioners in the state and payment of three months salary in
lieu of notice to the officers compulsorily retired in the years 1996 and 2000
On his part, Elder G.O Osemwenkhai on behalf of all
concerned pensioners/retirees, Edo state added that: "we hereby use this
medium to appeal to our royal Fathers, Politicians, Elder Statesmen, Mothers,
the Clergy and All Well-Meaning Citizens of Edo State to prevail on the State
Government to pay arrears of pension entitlements to over one thousand deprived
Osemwenkhai maintain that for the avoidance of doubt, the
State Government has delayed the payment of arrears of pension ranging from
10 to 42 months as a result of which pensioners have been
groaning in penury and pains.
He disclosed that pensioners in the state will on Monday
embark on a mass protest will take place across the three senatorial district
of the state.
The interdenominational prayer session was attended by
Sheikh Amedu Oyakhire, Alh. Shehu Dododawa, Alh. Bako Yusuf and Bishop (Dr.)
Frank Ojehunme (JP) of light of God chapel, Holy Spirit manifestation
ministries rendered sermons and prayers for prompt payment the pensioners
arrears in Edo state.
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