- The pensioners in Ekiti state have appealed to the governor-elect of the state, Kayode Fayemi, to make their welfare his priority
- The pensioners say they have not been paid their pensions in 2018
- They accused the governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, of neglecting them
The governor-elect of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has been urged by the state chapter of Concerned Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria (CLGPAN) to place priority on payment of pension upon assumption of office.
Vanguard reports that the pensioners said they were tired of how their members were being killed by treatable diseases due to unpaid pension arrears.
Legit.ng gathers that the government of Governor Ayodele Fayose was accused of neglecting pensioners. The appeal was made on Wednesday, October 3, after a prayer session organised to seek the face of God against high incidences of deaths among its members.
The group issued a communique at the end of the prayer session. It read: “At that payer session, we didn’t just pray for God’s intervention, we also viewed the neglect of our members in the scheme of things as callous, and greatest height of insensitivity.
“We want to alert the public that we have not been paid once this year, we have no reason to shout happy new year since 2018, because we have not been paid. Everybody is celebrating Independence Day, but we are mourning over our colleagues who have died in the course of excruciating pains of hunger and treatable diseases.
“Some of us live on the children who have no specific jobs after their graduation and service year. We are tired of this situation and the next government must change the trend.
“On this note, we appeal to the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi to make the welfare of our members its priority. He should as a matter of importance arrest the deaths among our members. How can someone work for 35 years and later abandoned to suffer in the hands of government?
“What made our situation more pathetic was that, it was the same government we served that has been meting this punishment on us. We are tired of one-day, one-death among our members."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that seven local government pensioners died in Ekiti state following the hardship they faced with non-payment of their pensions and gratuities.
This was revealed at the monthly meeting of the pensioners in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Monday, October 30.
The council’s pensioners under the aegis of Concerned Local Government Pensioners’ Forum urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay their eight-month pension arrears.
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