The pensioners say their current pension barely keeps them alive.
Military pensioners in Ogun State on Monday took their protest to the doorstep of the Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, asking him to prevail on the Federal Government to pay their outstanding pension arrears immediately.
The pensioners stormed the Oke-Mosan Governor’s Office in Abeokuta and decried the nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government towards their welfare, saying it had only paid lip service to their well being.
Their leader, Samuel Awosanya, noted that since 2009 when the Federal Government approved a 53 per cent increase in their pension, it had not effected it. The pensioners lamented that with the present economic realities, their current pension cannot sustain them.
“Most of us can no longer meet up with our responsibilities to our families. We live in hunger and most of our children are out of school because we cannot pay their fees. Our members are dying on a daily basis because they cannot afford hospital bills’ he told the governor.
“This is why we are calling on you as a listening Governor to help us take our case to the Federal Government. We have suffered enough for the country,” Mr. Awosanya lamented.
He explained that the decision to approach the Governor stemmed out of their conviction that he (Governor Amosun) has a listening ear and is a caring leader who is always concerned about the welfare of the entire workforce including retirees in the Ogun State Civil Service.
The military pensioners commended the State Government for its rebuilding mission which they said is being felt throughout the nook and crannies of the State.
However, the governor represented by Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, in his response promised that their case would be taken to the Federal Government with a view to ensuring that the matter was resolved within the shortest time possible.
While commending them for conducting themselves in a civil manner, the governor appealed to them to continue exercising patience, as the case was beyond what the state government could handle on its own.
“Although what you have come for is a Federal Government matter, I can assure you on behalf of Mr. Governor that necessary steps will be taken to assist in getting your case to the appropriate quarters. For us in Ogun State, whatever affects you affects us because you are our people,” the governor said.
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