In a bid to remind the Dapo led administration of their plight, Angry pensioners in Ogun State, under the canopy of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, on Tuesday, protested the alleged non-payment of their N68bn gratuities by the state government.
The protesters in their thousands marched from the secretariat in the Leme area of Abeokuta to the governor’s office in Oke-Mosan and chanted anti-government songs to register their grievances while carrying different placards. The pensioners said the government owed them 12 years of gratuities arrears.
They described Governor Dapo Abiodun as the “enemy of pensioners” for not fulfilling his promises to ensure the prompt payment of their gratuities and other entitlements.
The pensioners carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Governor Dapo Abiodun, you should know that pensioners are not slaves; hence they deserve better treatment from the government,’ ‘Mr. Governor why did you disobey your father’s instructions to cater for pensioners?’ ‘Governor Dapo Abiodun, stop paying lip service to the rights of the senior citizens in the state,’ and ‘Mr. Governor has been nonchalant to the plight of Ogun pensioners.’
Addressing journalists during the protest, the chairman of NUP, Waheed Oloyede, accused the governor of deliberately punishing pensioners by denying them their entitlements.
The pensioners vowed to keep on with the protest until the government fulfilled their campaign promises and paid the elderly citizens their hard-earned gratuities that were long overdue.