LG Pensioners Protest Gratuities, Late Payment of Monthly Pensions Among Others

LG Pensioners Protest Gratuities, Late Payment of Monthly Pensions Among Others

The Ogun State Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria (LOGPAN) have expressed their grievances at earlier hour of today, by holding a protest which resulted in shutting down of the entrance and exit of the state Secretariat, Oke- Mosan Abeokuta the state capital.

Among their agitations which include, Late payment of monthly pensions,  Payment of gratuities, Reviewed of monthly pensions, Resuscitation of board of bureau of local government pension, Opening of communication line with the Governor among others.

It would be recalled that the state government and  joint Labour Union Commitee of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the State government will pay 500 million naira quaterly to offset the outstanding gratituties and pensions.

The local government pensioners refuted this plan saying they were not consulted when MOU was signed and that it will take 34 years to pay the 68 billion naira pensioners in the State are old by the State government with the plan and that it may even take 50 years to achieve as people are retiring every year.

The pensioners also said all Letters written to the State Governor to state their concerns and their other demands which according them are 12 in number have not been responded to, saying that was the reason for their protest.

Our correspondent who was at the scene of the protest said when the security at the Governor's office sighted the protesters, they mounted at the gate of the State Secretariat locked the gate and stopped them from gaining entrance into the premises.

It was observed by our correspondent that attempts by the Pensioners to speak to the security men to allow them enter fell on deaf ears as the security men were heard saying that they were acting on the orders. 

Our correspondent reports that the Secretary to the State government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, Commissioner for Local government and affairs, Afolabi Afuape and head of service later came about 4 hours after to address them, appealing to them to select representative among them that they can dialogue with at the office.

The indoor meeting which lasted for about 2hrs was proof abortive as the LOGPAN Chairman, Chief Sikirulah Ayilara who spoke to Journalists shortly after the meeting said there was no conclusion and they shall continue the agitation until the Governor talk to them.

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