Many retirees under the aegis of Osun State Contributory Pension Retirees, on Wednesday, protested alleged non-payment of their pension and gratuity.
The retirees, who came out with different placards, disrupted vehicular movement at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, where they had taken their protest.
They said the state government had refused to pay their 30 months half-salary arrears (2016 till date), non-payment of gratuities (2015 till date) and non-payment of their monthly pensions since 2015.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards include “Governor Oyetola, give us our 30 months half salaries”, “Masses help us! We’re dying” among others.
Niyi Adefare, who led the protest, urged the Ife monarch to assist the helpless and some homeless senior citizens to get their entitlements.
He disclosed that despite their sickness and old age, the state government had neglected them.
“Some of us find it difficult to even buy drugs and other essentials because our monies have not been paid by the state government,” he lamented.
Another protester, Lawrence Ajayi, said the failure of the government to pay pensioners is an act of irresponsibility.
“Oyetola came on board and he’s boasting of not owing workers salaries. What then happens to some of us dying because of the negligence caused by his boss. We are dying of hunger and that’s why we took our protest to Ooni to help intervene. Coronavirus has added salt to our injuries.”