Osun pensioners begin 3-days protest

Pensioners in Osun state on Tuesday began a three day protests to press home demand for payment of their pensions and gratuities.

The pensioners in their hundreds gathered at Osun state Internally Displayed Pensioners (IDPs) camp, at Ayetoro, and began the protest around 9.am.

They carried placards of various inscriptions such as “Rauf Aregbesola Should be Charged for Genocide, “No Fewer than 2,000 Pensioners Have Died as a Result of Nonpayment of Gratuities, “President Muhammadu Buhari: Save Osun People Now, among others.

The Chairman of the NUP in the state, Prince Ganiyu Salawu, who spoke with newsmen, said the pensioners in the state are dying of hunger and starvation as a result of irregular payment of their entitlements.

He said no pensioners have been given the 33 per cent increase since it was implemented in 2010, while the 42 percent that was paid for some times has also stopped.

The union noted that efforts to have a dialogue with the government have been futile as appointment booked with the Governor since March has not been acknowledged despite about six reminders that followed the letter.

They noted that their protest was as a result of hunger and hardship they are facing, saying their protest is devoid of any political support.

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