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Imo pensioners call for payment of outstanding entitlements

Pensioners in Imo state have called on the state government to pay them their pensions and other entitlements to ameliorate their sufferings.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners Imo state council, Mr. Josiah Ugochukwu made the appeal during a news conference in Owerri.

He urged the government to stop selective payment noting that more than sixty percent of retirees have not received pensions since March this year.

Mr. Ugochukwu identified non-payment of gratuities to some retirees since 1998, non remittance of check-off-dues to the union and non-payment of entitlements to next of kin of deceased pensioners which has accumulated to over twenty billion naira as some of their agitations.

The pensioners expressed reservation over the automation process adopted by the government for payment of pensions and threatened to carry out a protest soon if their demands were not met.

Chinazo Ilechukwu  

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