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3 Jul 2016

Oyo pensioners owed N21bn pension, gratuity arrears

Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Oyo State Chapter, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, has disclosed that the situation of pension payment in the state has become very serious with the three categories of pensioners being owed several months arrears running into about N21billion.
Abatan on Sunday said: “The situation of pensioners in Oyo State has been a very serious one. Pensioners are of three categories in Oyo State and these are of pension and gratuity categories. There are those of the state; there are those of the local governments; and there are those in the category of primary school pensioners.
“State pensioners are being owed seven months arrears. Gratuities of the state pensioners is not adequate at all. It has now accumulated to over N21billion. The arrears of 6% and 15% of past salary increment for Nigerian workers based on circular from the Federal Government, with concomitant increase in pension of workers, have not been paid us. The case on it has been in court since 2013. The 142% that was paid by Governor Ajimobi was what made us to support him for his second term, and we appreciated him for that.
“For the local government pensioners, they are variously owed by their local governments. Lagelu local government is owing the most. Eight months arrears is being owed the pensioners there. Egbeda follows, and so also Ogbomoso South and Ibadan North West.
“The third category are the most unfortunate. They are the most seriously injured pensioners. They are the primary school pensioners. Since Governor Ajimobi came to government, he has not paid them a kobo. They are being owed up to about N20billion of their gratuity. They are owed arrears of monthly pension between 8 to 35 months. Their own case has been pushed aside by the government.”

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