Service slumped on Wednesday during a protest staged by retirees under
the umbrella of Concerned Benue Pensioners in Makurdi, the state
the Benue State government over alleged unpaid entitlements and gratuity
which spanned 11 months.
streets of Makurdi carrying placards with various inscriptions demanding
for the immediate payment of their pension arrears.
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.
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.
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.
Government House by the Acting Secretary to the Benue State Government,
Dr. Bem Meladu, commissioners of finance, education and the Head of
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.
“continued failed promises” by the state government on the payment of
their pension arrears.
letters on the issue of our unpaid benefits to President (Muhammadu)
Buhari, Governor Samuel Ortom, the state Head of Service and other
relevant stakeholders including the media. This is because we pensioners
feel that we have suffered enough and have been short-changed.
Irregular pension payments have become the order of the day. The
payments do not even reflect what the pensioners should be earning due
to lack of harmonisation of pension rate increases over the years.”
his tears while delivering the speech, had to discontinue with it and
directed his secretary to complete the message.
appealed to the protesting pensioners to be patient with the state
government as all measures were already in place to commence the payment
of pensioners in the state.