August 04, 2016

2 Retirees slump while protesting for pension arrears in Benue

Two pensioners of the Benue State Civil Service slumped on Wednesday during a protest staged by retirees under the umbrella of Concerned Benue Pensioners in Makurdi, the state capital.

The retirees staged the protest against the Benue State government over alleged unpaid entitlements and gratuity which spanned 11 months.

The protesting pensioners took to the streets of Makurdi carrying placards with various inscriptions demanding for the immediate payment of their pension arrears.

It was during the protest that two of them allegedly slumped and became unconscious.
All efforts to revive the affected retirees proved unsuccessful. They were taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

Some of the inscriptions on the protesters’ placards read: ‘’Gov Ortom fulfill your campaign promises’’, ‘’Do not starve us to death,’’ ‘’Pay us our pension’’, ‘’We are more than 30,000 pensioners and we are dying like chickens everyday’’, “We are unable to buy our drugs’’, “Our children have stopped going to schools” and so on.

The protesters barricaded the popular CBN- Government House Roundabout causing gridlock for several hours while all efforts by security operatives to calm them down and allow free passage of vehicles failed until they finally decided to move themselves to the main Government House.

The protesters were received at the Government House by the Acting Secretary to the Benue State Government, Dr. Bem Meladu, commissioners of finance, education and the Head of Service.

Presenting their protest letter to the SSG for onward delivery to the governor who was said to be out of the state, the Chairman of the Concerned Benue Pensioners, Mr. Peter Ikyado, said the protest would not end if the state government failed to attend to their plight.

He added that his members were tired of “continued failed promises” by the state government on the payment of their pension arrears.
The acting SSG, Bem Meladu, appealed to the protesting pensioners to be patient with government as all measures were already in place to commence the payment of pensioners in the state.

7 comments:

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

Seriously, when something like this happen, nobody is ready to serve their country diligently anymore. So sad

Jeff Kingsley Jr said...

The government should help dem oo

inumidun said...

Nawa o, y can't dey just settle ds people instead of makkn dem go tru all ds..

ats three said...

It's really unfortunate that their pensions are being withheld and their means of livelihood are put on hold thereby causing a lot of hardship, suffering and even death. That's what you get when you have selfish individuals at the hem of affairs. God help us in this country.

Kay Heavy said...

Our Govt should take d issue of snr citizen very important!

eniola lawal said...

Ehya na wa oo

SPACO said...

It is shameful to serve for 30 years and you are still crying for pension, Shame to them, if you are my father or mother i will disown you, the problems Nigerians are facing today are the retirees that looted and destroyed the civil service, spent huge money to send their children abroad for education and at the end of it no job for them to take care of their parents. Has it been every retirees in Nigerian has farms or better investment Nigeria would have been a better place today.