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Oyo Pensioners Lament Unpaid N62.5bn Pensions, Gratuities



Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi

Pensioners in Oyo state have lamented unpaid arrears of gratuities and pensions totaling N62.5 billion by the outgoing government in the state led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Speaking with newsmen, Secretary of Retired Primary School Teachers, Comrade Tunji Ogunwale and Secretary Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Comrade Segun Abatan explained that unpaid pensions and gratuities to retired primary school teachers and civil servants had made it difficult for retirees in the state to reap benefits of their labour.

While lashing out at political office holders who award themselves life pensions after serving for four years, Abatan advocate for other workers in the country to also serve for four years and get their life pensions.

According to him, it amounts to cheating and exploitation of the common patrimony by the political class to do nothing for the people yet enjoying life pensions.

Abatan who noted that what was good for the goose is good for the ganders, said pension for political office holders was killing the nation.

“It is workers today, pensioners tomorrow. How can somebody serve for four years and continue to take life pension? If that is it then we want to propose that workers should also serve for four years, get out and take their pension for life. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Let us see if the economy of this country is going to sustain it”, he said. Harping on unpaid arrears of pension by the outgoing Ajimobi government, the duo said pensioners are owed between eight to 60 months while lamenting that some pensioners receive two thousand naira as pension in the state.