The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Nasarawa state chapter on Monday staged a peaceful demonstration over the non-payment of their 15-month entitlements.
The pensioners, numbering about 100, were led by the state chairman, Umaru Adoga, to the government house along Shendam Road, Lafia.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Pay pension arrears,” “Pay pension gratuity now,” Pensioners are collecting N5,000 per month,” and “Pay deceased pensioners their benefits”.
The pensioners, who barricaded the government house entrance, alleged that the state government neglected them for over 15 years and refused to pay their minimum wage.
The aged pensioners among the demonstrators were offered plastic chairs to seat on by the security men at the government house gates, but were however refused entry into the premises.
Addressing journalists, Mr. Adoga appealed to the state government to consider their plight and pay them their entitlements.
Mr. Adoga explained that the state government was yet to commence the payment of the 33 per cent increment approved by government.
“Federal Government approved 33 per cent for us up to now nothing has been done,” he said.
One of the pensioners, Lydia Maria, who retired in 2011 said they were dying and needed attention.
“Our children are out of school and we are finding it difficult to also feed; please pay us,” she said.
Efforts to speak to the state commissioner for finance Mohammed Azumi were unsuccesful as he was said to be away for political campaigns with the state Governor, Tanko Almakura, in Toto local government area.