Pensioners in Imo State on Tuesday demanded the payment of their four months’ benefits by the state government.
The retired state civil servants marched through some streets in the state capital, Owerri, demanding the payment of their lesions and gratuities.
During an earlier protest, they had blocked the entrance to the Government House.
They were also protesting the failure of the state government to honour a promise by the Secretary to the State Government, Cosmas Isu, that their benefits riuod be paid on Friday.
On Tuesday, they again blocked Government House entrance and gave Governor Hope Uzodinma seven days to offset the arrears or face a mass action.
The Secretary of the Pension Intervention Committee of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Imo State chapter, Maurice Amaechi, who addressed journalists, said the retirees were protesting again to compel the governor to pay their entitlements.
Amaechi said, “We, the Imo pensioners, are here again to tell Governor Hope Uzodinmma to pay us our money. It is our money and it is not a gift. Last week Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmos Iwu, said we would be paid last Friday, but the Commissioner for Information later said on radio that the government did not owe any pensioner. It was then that we knew that the governor was playing games with us.
“We are giving the governor seven days to pay us our four-month arrears, and if we are not paid, he should expect us again.”
The Chairman, Pensions Intervention Committee, NUP, Ohanaeje Ike, warned that if they retirees did not receive their pensions before next Tuesday, they would occupy the Government House.