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Ogun pensioners threaten showdown over 10-year gratuities

Pensioners in Ogun State have threatened a mega protest over the failure of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to offset their outstanding gratuities of almost ten years, among others.

The aggrieved pensioners under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ogun State Chapter, also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the state governor to meet their demands.

The union, in an open letter, addressed to the governor and signed by its Chairman, Waheed Oloyede, and the Secretary, Bola Lawal, on Wednesday, gave their reasons for the proposed protest to include failure to fulfil their demands which include: failure to offset the outstanding gratuities of almost ten years, among others.

The pensioners had in April 2022 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to pay their 150-month unremitted contributory pensions

The pensioners also organised a one-day prayer session to demystify and naturalise the “evil spirit” preventing the governor from paying their outstanding allowances.

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The union declared its readiness to protest against the alleged ill-treatment of its members by the government .

The statement read partly, “the Ogun State Pensioners are fully ready to demand their right by the only option they have unprecedented protest . Enough is enough.

“The Ogun State Government is hereby given a 14- day ultimatum to implement all our demands and pay both May and June 2022 monthly pension in full, otherwise, the fire on the mountain would drop down.

“We know some governors who came into office at the same time with Your Excellency who have paid between N18 billion to 25 billion naira to offset unpaid gratuities they met on the ground, but unfortunately, Ogun State Government paid only N2 billion out of N68 billion on the ground in three years meaning that many pensioners would die without being paid their life entitlements.

Several attempts to get the commissioner for Information and Strategy ,Waheed Odusile failed as he did not answer his calls .

Odusile had not responded to the text message sent to his mobile phone as of the time of filing this report.

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