Again: Imo pensioners stage protest in Owerri.

Accuses the Governor of paying “staggering” pensions

A group of Imo pensioners identified as Pensioners Intervention Committee, on Tuesday took to the streets of Owerri to protest non payment of pension arrears and what they described as “staggering pension” by the State Government.

Speaking during the protest, the secretary of the committee, Comr. …said that the current Shared Prosperity administration is owing five months of pension arrears, excluding the ones paid by the previous administrations.

He therefore called on the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma to put an end to the idea of paying some pensioners and leaving some. According to him, some pensioners received May pensions only, while some got alert of two or three months; whereas some did not get any alert.

Comr. M. C. Amaechi, called on the Governor to transfer pension administration currently handled by his office, back to the office of the Accountant General. Which, according to him has all the information and data of pensioners in the state.

Addressing the State Commissioner of police, Isaac Olutayo Akinmoyede, who stood in for the governor at the entrance to the the Government House, the Chairman of the Pensioners Intervention Committee, Comr. C. I. Ohalete, implored the CP to carry the committee’s messages to the Governor. He said the gentle disposition of the police boss made him to speak, otherwise he would have insisted on lashing out at the Governor.

In his response, the Imo state CP, Mr. Akinmoyede promised to pass their messages across to the Governor. He prayed that God will not allow the senior citizens to die without enjoying the fruits of their labour.

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The CP regretted that the Governor was greatly indisposed to come and address them, considering the exigencies of his office. He therefore pleaded with the protesters to call it off for the day so as to give way for vehicular traffic.

The pensioners carrying placards barricaded the Government House roundabout. Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “Why this indirect genocide against Imo pensioners?” “What is the offence of Imo pensioners?” “Imo pensioners are dying of starvation”, among others.

Recall that the Imo State Commissioner for information, Hon. Declan Emelumba, has in the penultimate week informed that the State Government has cleared all pension arrears up to May. He also stated the Governor’s resolve to weed the state of ghost pensioners, whom he said their data could not be verified.

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