Pensioners To Get Pay Alongside Workers, EKSG Re-Assures Retirees
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has reassured Pensioners that government will pay the them alongside workers to ensure that there are no arrears of monthly pensions.
The Deputy Governor made the remarks on Tuesday while appearing at the
National Pensioners’ Day Celebration held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media),
Odunayo Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor promised that government will look into the demands of the pensioners to make life easier for them.
Egbeyemi lamented a situation in which pensioners are feeding their jobless children who are graduates and their wives saying such
scenario is unacceptable.
He however assured pensioners of better welfare package under the Kayode Fayemi administration.
Egbeyemi said the Fayemi administration is deeply concerned about the
suffering of pensioners and will do everything possible to give them a
new lease of life.
He urged the pensioners to vote massively for President Muhammadu
Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the 2019
general elections for Ekiti to enjoy more goodies from the Federal
Egbeyemi explained that Ekiti must maintain connection with the
Federal Government to benefit from execution of capital projects like
rail line and access financial support to better the welfare of its
He also described public officers stealing pension funds as
‘murderers’ stressing that “pensioners ought to be paid their
gratuities within two months of retirement as obtainable in advanced
Egbeyemi also promised the commitment of the administration towards
implementing first retired first paid policy to ensure that pensioners
get their benefits as and when due.
The deputy governor advised the pensioners to form themselves into
cooperatives to access loans from a World Bank agency for maize and
cassava planting to boost their economic status.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Ekiti State
Branch, Elder Ayo Kumapayi, accused former Governor Ayo Fayose of
stopping the increment of the pension approved by the Fayemi
administration in 2014.
Kumapayi, who appealed for the restoration of the increment complained
that the outstanding gratuities debt had increased from N1.587 billion
to N20 billion in the last four years.
The Ekiti NUP boss also claimed that the Fayose administration failed
to harmonise pensions as and when due in accordance with the 1999
Constitution (as amended) in Section 173(3), 210(3) which holds that
pension shall be reviewed every five years.
Kumapayi therefore appealed to the state government to address all
anomalies for pensioners’ welfare to improve.