By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Oyo State branch, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to bail out pensioners out of the six months pension arrears owed members of the union in the state.
The union also called on the state government to improve its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The call was made in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday by the Chairman of the union, Alhaji Ganiyu Biyawo Azeez, who was represented at the occasion by the Vice Chairman, Mr. Gbadegesin Akande, while meeting with the deputy governor at the entrance of the state Secretariat Agodi Ibadan.
While meeting with the state’s Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo, on the six months unpaid pension arrears, Akande explained that the state government owed its members between 8- 25 months.
He, therefore, called on President Buhari to come to the assistance of the state government and other states in the country who also owe their pensioners.
Otunba Adeyemo said it was only a bad government that would refuse to pay its senior citizens for no just reason, assuring the pensioners that, his boss, Governor Abiola Ajimobi would pay them.
He reminded them that the governor is currently in Abuja with other governors in the country to meet with the president on the inability of the state government to pay workers salary and that, their message would be delivered to him as soon as he arrives from Abuja.
Two national officers of the union, Alhaji Lateef Adegoke and Comrade Joseph Ogunyankin, also spoke with journalists on the issues of unpaid monthly pensions to their members, saying it is ungodly for the state to neglect the pensioners and appealed to state government to pay them without wasting time.
They alleged that many of the pensioners had died as a result of the refusal of government to pay them.
Some members of the union, who also spoke on their plight as a result of the non-payment of their pension, said many of them had died because they could not get money to buy drugs when they needed it. They then appealed to the state government to pay them without wasting time.
The Administrative Secretary of the union, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, said members of the union were coming back to see the governor on his return from Abuja to seek audience with him on when he would pay them the arrears and the backlog of 6 months pension arears.