Pensioners underneath the umbrella of Affiliation Contributory Retirees (ACR) on Tuesday barricaded the Delta state Authorities Home’s gate in Asaba and chased away the governor’s chief-of-staff, David Edevbie; particular assistant, Mike Okeme; and senior coverage adviser, Sylvester Monye, throughout a protest.
The aggrieved pensioners have been protesting the non-payment of their pensions.
Edevbie, Okeme and Monye’s efforts to talk with the protesters have been unsuccessful as they have been chased away by the placards-carrying pensioners.
The protesters insisted Governor Ifeanyi Okowa should be the one to handle them.
Chairman of the ACR, Avurakoghene Agbaka, mentioned, “Our main drawback is authorities delay to right the deprived place we’re positioned by way of out of date N7,000 to calculate our terminal profit, as an alternative of N18,000 which the retirees earned earlier than they retired into the scheme.
“Full implementation of the scheme commenced on 1st Match, 2010 when the primary set of retirees have been churned out and that was when the Nationwide Remuneration mode N18,000 minimal wage got here into drive.
“The difficulty of correcting the anomaly has been dialogue with authorities for the previous seven years and until date, it’s inconclusive. Many people have died with out receiving their profit out of frustration whereas most us are sick and mattress ridden arising from delay of non fee.”
Additionally talking, the affiliation’s Vice Chairman, Anthony Osanekwu, said, “The choice of the state governor to pay us based on the N7,500 minimal wage is a breach of the pension legislation, we retired with the N18,000 minimal wage, and the legislation of pension says you ought to be paid based mostly on wage which you retired.”