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Nasarawa pensioners protest non-payment of entitlements

Pensioners in Nasarawa State have staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of entitlements.

The pensioners, mostly local government retirees converged on their office in Lafia, in defiance of social distancing order.

They displayed placards which read; “Governor Sule Save us From Hunger Pandemic, “15 per cent statutory allocation, for payment of pensions, is outdated” and ” Local Government Chairmen, Distance Yourself From Members of the State House of Assembly”.

A spokesperson for the protesters, Alhaji Abdullahi Ladan said many of them are dying due to an inability to pay for healthcare.

He said many, who retired over ten years ago had not been paid their gratuities and other entitlements, aggravating their living condition.

He called on the state government to intervene to ensure local government chairmen reverse an earlier decision to cut down pensions by fifty per cent, saying doing this would inflict more hardship.

Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, addressed them an expressed his sympathise.

Dr. Emmanuel Akabe said Governor Abdullahi Sule had summoned an emergency meeting with officials of the pension union and the leadership of ALGON.

Chris Nyamtu

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