Pensioners appeal to Ogun government over unpaid arrears

The Ogun Local Government Pensioners’ Association on Monday called on the state government to pay its members their outstanding pension arrears.

Babatunde Ali, the chairman of the Ijebu-Ode branch of the association, made the appeal in an interview in Ijebu-Ode.

Mr. Ali said members of the association had yet to be paid their pension arrears from 2004 to 2007.

He said the association had yet to discuss the minimum pension allowance, which pensioners are supposed to enjoy with the government. He added that some of its members had died in the process of struggling for the payment of their entitlements.

Mr. Ali appealed to the state government to have mercy on pensioners, saying that some of them were dying due to lack of money to take care of themselves.

“We want to appeal to the state government to help us look into the payment of pensioners’ arrears.

“We served the government faithfully for more than 35 years and we don’t think the government should deny us our rights and entitlements,” he said.

“Many of us are sick, and dying, while some are aged and the only thing we rely upon for survival is our monthly pension which we have not been receiving.

“Although some of us may be physically challenged, if we are properly taken care of, government can draw from our wealth of experience in developing the state,” the chairman added.

Mr. Ali explained that efforts made to get the pension arrears paid during the last administration were not successful; he then appealed to the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun to urgently look “into the cry of the pensioners.”

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