- Some pensioners in Imo have expressed their grievance against Governor Hope Uzodinma
- The pensioners claimed that they have been owed four months pensions
- The former civil servants have resolved to storm the Governor House in Owerri if the governor fails to pay them in seven days
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo was on Tuesday, June 30, given a 7-day ultimatum by angry pensioners in the state over the non-payment of their four months' pensions.
In their resolve, the pensioners threatened to storm the Government House following the governor's failure to pay their arrears, The Sun reports.
In fact, the pensioners barricaded the gate of the Government House in protest over the non-payment of their pensions.
Nze Morris Amaechi, the secretary of the Pension Intervention Committee of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Imo told journalists: "We are giving Governor Hope Uzodinma 7-days to pay our four months arrears and if we are not paid he should expect us."
Added to this, Chief Ohanaeje Ike, chairman of the Union’s Pensions Intervention Committee, stated: "If we don’t receive our pensions before Tuesday next week we are going to occupy this Government House."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Uzodinma had said it was illegal for former governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers to be paid pensions and gratuities.
Uzodinma at the government house in Owerri on Thursday, May 21, said he had assented to a bill repealing the law that allowed pensions to be paid to the above category of persons.
He noted that paying pensions to such former officeholders was designed to allow a few privileged people to feed fat on the commonwealth of the people.
Uzodinma stated that the law which prescribed pensions for past governors of the state runs contrary to the 1999 constitution as amended, which stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years of age.
He also questioned the rationale behind paying pensions to officials who collect huge severance allowances at the end of their tenure.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Imo state House of Assembly has passed into law a bill that would stop past governors and speakers from receiving their pensions and other privileges.
The Sun reports that the executive bill was presented on Thursday, May 21, by the majority leader of the House, Uche Ogbuagu, and given accelerated hearing.
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