Publish date: 2022-06-22 23:50:21 | Author: Daud Olatunji | Source: punchng.com
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ogun State Chapter, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.
The pensioners also threatened to embark on an unprecedented protest if the governor fails to meet their demands within the 14 days.
The union disclosed this on Wednesday in an open letter addressed to the governor and signed by its Chairman, Waheed Oloyede, and the Secretary, Bola Lawal.
While giving their reasons for the proposed protest , the NUP lamented failure to fulfil their demands which include: failure to offset the outstanding gratuities of almost ten years, among others .
The pensioners had in April 2022 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to pay their 150-month unremitted contributory pensions
The pensioners also organised a one-day prayer session to demystify and naturalise the “evil spirit” preventing the governor from paying their outstanding allowances.
The union declared its readiness to protest against the alleged ill-treatment of its members by the government .
The statement read partly, “the Ogun State Pensioners are fully ready to demand their right by the only option they have unprecedented protest . Enough is enough.
“The Ogun State Government is hereby given a 14- day ultimatum to implement all our demands and pay both May and June 2022 monthly pension in full, otherwise, the fire on the mountain would drop down.
“We know some governors who came into office at the same time with Your Excellency who have paid between N18 billion to 25 billion naira to offset unpaid gratuities they met on the ground, but unfortunately, Ogun State Government paid only N2 billion out of N68 billion on the ground in three years meaning that many pensioners would die without being paid their life entitlements.
Several attempts to get the commissioner for Information and Strategy ,Waheed Odusile failed as he did not answer his calls .
Odusile had not responded to the text message sent to his mobile phone as of the time of filing this report .