Hundreds of pensioners who retired from the service of the Abia State Government on Thursday converged on Roundabout area of the state capital, Umuahia, to protest the delay.
Clad in black attires, the pensioners said they were being owed 19 years of unpaid gratuity.
Their spokesman, Chief Emeka Okezie, told journalists that the state government was owing them pension for part of 2014 and 2015 as well as the whole of 2018 and 2019.
A statement issued by Deacon Amaugo Daniel and Okezie, chairman and secretary respectively of Concerned Abia Pensioners, Saud they were being owed 32 months’ pension, 19 years’ gratuity and non-hatminisation of pensions from 1998 to 2010.
They alleged that the least paid pensioner gets N590 monthly in the state.
“We have been dehumanised and subjected to unimaginable deaths, chronic sickness and promises by the state government. Hence, we embarked on a statewide prayer summit/protest to inform Abians and the world in general of the inhuman treatment that Abia pensioners have been facing since the year 1998 to 2019.
There was no response from the state government but civil servants have held similar protests over unpaid salaries.