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Retirees from Osun protest over non-payment of 30 months of back wages and tips

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By Shina Abubakar – Osogbo

More than 6,000 pensioners who retired from Osun state government service said Wednesday that they are owed retirement benefits, as well as 30 months of back pay.

Some of the retirees who crowded the streets of Osogbo, the state capital, protesting against the non-payment of their benefits, said that many of their colleagues were starving because the fund released by the state government in installments is too scarce for the retired.

In the Secretary of State, Abere, retirees carry banners with various inscriptions such as “we are dying of hunger”, “the masses help us, we are dying”, “the dead cannot enjoy the infrastructure”, etc.

They also sang different songs of solidarity urging interested parties to come to their aid, as the state government is improperly punishing them.

Addressing journalists from the Secretariat, the spokesperson for the pensioners, Iyiola Abiodun, said that none of them have received a penny since 2017 when they retired from service as a bonus, adding that their various meetings with the government with a view to resolving the problem have been abortive. .

He also stressed that if the government has not paid their tip, they should work hard to pay the 30 months of back wages owed to them while on active duty so they can meet the demands of their home.

“Those of us who are owed tips are over 6,000 and every month the government is releasing like N150 million, which is substantial to take care of only 15 people out of over 6000. Our people die every day.

“The government is not sincere. They are playing politics with our lives and when they pay the 150,000,000 naira they will announce to the whole world that they have released money to pay retirees.

“Look at the Oyo state government, it released more than N8 billion for retirees, unlike what we have here.

“What we are looking for now is our bail and if the government cannot pay our bail, it should pay our thirty months of arrears so that we can use the money to survive.

“We have not received any kobo from 2017 to date, but we ask the government to pay our thirty-month arrears. They can even divide the money into four or two and pay us so we can use it to survive.

“We have met with the government more than ten times. I am one of the coordinators. We always visit them, they just keep making promises and not keeping them.

“We don’t even know if they pay our PFA deductions. We have not received any alerts from the Pension Fund Administration (PFA) since 2015. The state government is not meeting expectations. Let me analyze it for you.

“We are retirees covering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and we have civil servants, local government personnel, teachers and principals of elementary and secondary schools. In fact, we still have those who retired in 2015 and we haven’t received anything to date, ”he said.

In his reaction, the Secretary of the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, said that the bonuses have accumulated over the years, but promised that the government will address the plight of pensioners without delay.

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