The Nigeria Union of Pensioners on Thursday issued 7-day ultimatum to Gov. Dapo Abiodun to as a matter of urgency settled their backlog of entitlements.
The pensioners issued the warning in a communique signed by its Secretary, Bola Lawal , at the end of the consultative meeting of the Union held at its secretariat in Abeokuta.
The senior citizens noted that after the expiration of the ultimatum on July 6, the state would witness an unprecedented and consciously planned statewide rallies.
They expressed displeasure over the nonchalant treatment meted on them by the Gov. Abiodun led administration as evident in the series of past unfulfilled promises to address the legitimate demands of the pensioners.
” Failure to increase the paltry sum of N500million quarterly releases, to offset the over N68billion outstanding pensioners’ gratuities that accumulated over the past 10 years despite several appeals.
” Refusal to adapt and implement 33.4 per cent pension increase outstanding since since 2010.
” Inability to implement the consequential increase in pension approved by the Federal government since 2019,” they said.
According to the communique, the pensioners’ resolved that the staggered and late payments of pensions as witnessed in May is regarded as a deceit in the face of increasing internally generated revenue in the state.
” The state should set its priority right and not sacrifice pensioners’ welfare for grandiose projects that will suck the state purse dry and make the pensioners’ suffer unjustly.
” The rights of the Senior citizens who had served the state meritoriously for the most productive part of their lives should not be compromised for political popularity.
” The governor should choose the part of honour, respect grey hair and write his names on the marble of fame,” the communique read.