Akwa Ibom pensioners seek relief on gratuity payment
Local Government Pensioners in Akwa Ibom have protested against what they described as non-chalant altitude of government towards the payment of their outstanding gravity.
The demonstration, which coincided with the 50th birthday of the governor, saw the state chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners Effanga Ettah, appealing to the governor to approve the payment of their outstanding pension gratuity, since 2012.
Ettah lamented that some pensioners in the 31 local government areas of the state have not received their gratuity, adding that this has caused untold hardship to the elderly citizens.
He added that pensioners in the local government had also not received their monthly pension since March this year.
According to him, this development had thrown a lot of pensioners into untimely death causing their families hardship, as they could no longer provide for their families.
“Local government pensioners wait endlessly before their monthly pension is paid. This is due to the poor funding of the Local Government
Pension Board. The arrears amounting to millions of Naira is still pending.
“The Union believes that in your good gesture, you will approve payment for the arrears and money for dead pensioner’s next of kin”, he said.
The pensioners’ union leader explained that even the monthly meeting of Joints Account Committee has failed to allocate funds for payment of pensioner’s entitlement.
It would be recalled that, the state Labour Congress had at every gathering of the workers acknowledge that, the state government owes the local government workers and pensioners. During a joint press conference with the commissioner for Finance Akan Okon, The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Victor Attai, said that, allocation from Federation