EKITI PENSIONERS SEEK CLARIFICATION OVER GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO DEFRAY OUTSTANDING GRATUITIES
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ekiti State Council wants the state government to invite leadership of the union to a roundtable discussion to rationalize the modalities for the payment of their outstanding gratuities and pension arrears.
For sometimes now, pensioners in the state have cried out over the non payment of their gratuities since 2012 a situation which they claimed had subjected many of them to hardship after their thirty five yeas of meritorious service to the nation.
During the inception of the present government, Governor Kayode Fayemi increased the monthly gratuity payment from 10million naira to 100million naira but the amount seems not to be good enough as the possibility of some retirees receiving their gratuities during their lifetime seemed very remote.
Worried about the development, the State Executive Council during its last meeting resolved to fashion out modalities to defray the outstanding gratuities of pensioners in the state.
However, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners Elder Ayo Kumapayi and the secretary, Mr Azeez Agbaje while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti explained that members of the union were happy at the government’s resolution but the union would be glad if the proposed modalities are well spelt out and ratified by the union.
The duo said “We support the position of the Government as regards its plan to explore viable means to reduce the waiting time of affected retires before getting their entitlement but it is disturbing that government failed to come out with a clear terms and this is what we are requesting for.
“We can not continue to fold our arms while our people are dying on daily basis and suffering as a result of poor attention by government and irregularities in the payment of their rightful benefits.
Elder Kumapayi and Mr Agbaje appealed to the state government to prioritize the welfare of the elderly citizens and urged pensioners in the state to exercise patient, saying the union would not relent in fighting for their course.