Akwa Ibom State government, are currently owing retired civil servant for more than 5 years pension and gratuities, even after receiving N14.5 billion Paris Club refund from the Federal government. According to Vanguard, ever since Governor Udon Emmanuel took office in 2015 settled buildup of 10 years Local and state government workers pensions and gratuities which piled up around 2000-2011.

A Clan Hean of offot Ukwa clan and a retired civil servant, His Royal Highness, Etebom Syvanus Effiong Okon reacted to the issued by pleading with the state government to have show pity to the retirees and pay them, saying that many pensioners have died without getting theirs.

Okon further explained that it has been so hard for him to feed after showing committed service to the state for 35 years.

“I am suffering even as a clan head. I wonder how my other pensioners who have to come from places like Ikot Abasi to queue for hours for one form of documentation or another. So many of us have died out of frustration.”

Vanguard gathered information from the budget office, Uyo, that the state government owes retirees more than N5 billion. The source which told Vanguard disclosed that 46.9 percent of 2017 budget has been prepared for the payment of the pensions, salaries and gratuities, service debts, overheads, administrative charges.

Speaking in anonymity, a senior staff in the state pension board said:

"Consolidated revenue fund charges including pensions and gratuities and public debt have allocation of N82.870billon in this year’s budget.

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