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Pensioners Curse Gov. Ishaku Over Non Payment of Pension, Gratuities In Seven Years



Pensioners in Taraba state have placed a curse on Governor Darius Ishaku and his political career over the non-payment of their entitlements for seven years.

The Pensioners and their families had blocked the entrance of Taraba State Government House in Jalingo, demanding their unpaid gratuities estimated at N30 billion.

Angry that no one came out from the government house to address them on how the best government was trying to ensure their entitlements are paid, the protesting pensioners in their anger prayed that governor Darius Ishaku and those advising him against the plight of retirees in the state should see hell in their future endeavours.

 

The retirees, who stormed the state capital from the 16 local councils and two special development areas of the state, demanded that their pension and gratuity arrears be paid without delay.

 

Chanting 'Darius pay us our pension and gratuities', they lamented that the state government, under Governor Darius Ishaku caused untold hardship on them and their families.

 

 

Wielding placards of various inscriptions, the protesters accused the state government of lackadaisical attitude towards their plight, vowing not to relent in pressing home their demands.

 

The peaceful protest, which was under heavy tight security, began from the pensioners' office in Jalingo.

 

Led by the chairman, Kefas Katan, the Taraba pensioners lamented that the backlog of their gratuities had risen to over N30 billion.

 

They also expressed sadness that over 1,000 of their colleagues at the local councils had yet to be enrolled for pension or paid gratuities, 10 years after retirement.

 

 

Citing the ordeal of their deceased members, due allegedly to the government's failure to do the needful, they vowed to mobilise and campaign against any governorship candidate that failed to plan for pensioners in the state.

 

Some of the family members lamented that hardship had stopped them from educating their children. The women, especially, blamed the high rate of drug abuse in the state on the government's failure to settle their spouses.

 

The inability of the pensioners to meet their families' needs, some of the women said, "is the reason our children have taken to drugs."

 

Though no government official was available to address the pensioners at press time, the protesters vowed to hang on until they were addressed by the governor or his representative.

The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha had earlier in the year said the State government has earmarked N4.7bn for pensions and gratuities in the 2022 budget to address the plight of retired civil servants in the state.


 

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