We'll persuade our children to work against Gov. Abiodun re-election, If he fails to meet our demands- LOGPAN Chairman

The Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria (LOGPAN) in Ogun State has threatened to work
 against the re-election of the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun if he refused pay the 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 him among others.

The state Chairman, Chief Sikiru Ayilara JP disclosed this today at the press conference held at the LOGPAN Secretariat in Abeokuta the state capital.

Chief Ayilara said it was regrettably that the state government since his assumption of office has failed to meet and dialogue with the local government Pensioners adding that Gov Abiodun in whom they nurtured brighter hope of receiving the fruitage of their hard labour, has resolved to treat them as 'used and dumped' is nothing but a distressing reality.

The state Chairman also explained that some state which included Oyo state, Osun Lagos including Borno State, in spite of the incessant insurgencies in the state, was able to source for sufficient fund to pay ₦12bn outstanding Gratuity in one day.

 Chief Ayilara added that the determination of the State Governor for non-clearing of their Gratuities is even a dishonour to all fathers and mothers, particularly his own father who appealed to him at the point of death to cater for the aged. 

He said " according to a Holy Book, whoever dishonor the aged should not expect Divine favour!

He therefore said the Local Government Pensioners) demand is quite different from what State Pensioners (NUP) want; on their own, they are requesting the following which are not only asking for the implementation of 33.4% increase in Pensions which could only peg the monthly minimum Pensions at N7,000. 

"We want immediate harmonization of monthly pension from ₦5,000 to start from at least ₦30,000 or how would Mr Governor expects Pensioners who have worked for between ten and thirty-five years to continue receiving ₦5,000 as monthly pension in a State that pays ₦30,500 as minimum wage.

"We don't want the payment of ₦1.5bn arrears of the quarterly ₦500m as requested by the NUP, all that we are asking for is the re-scheduling of outstanding Gratuity payment from ₦500m every three months to at least ₦2bn monthly, so that we can receive our Gratuity while alive.

"Gov Abiodun should restore the principal responsibility of Bureau of Local Govt Pension by directing the Ministry of Finance to handoff from doing the payment of Gratuity."

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