Pensioners in Ekiti State on the platform of Concerned Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria (CLGPAN) have held a prayer session to seek divine intervention against high incidences of death among members.
The pensioners also appealed to the Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to pay immediate attention to their plight through prompt payment of pensions when he assumes office on October 16, 2018.
Lamenting their ordeal during the prayer session yesterday, the CLGPAN members said they were tired of how their members were being killed by treatable diseases due to unpaid pension arrears by the state government.
The body accused Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government of neglect, adding that this had impoverished their members and made them vulnerable to all forms of diseases.
A communiqué issued at the end of the session and signed by CLGPAN’s Coordinator/Chairman, Alhaji Quadri Oguntuase and Secretary, Mr Abiodun Agboola, regretted that none of its members has received his monthly pension since January, 2018.
The statement said it was so pathetic that while Nigerians were celebrating Independence Day on October 1, pensioners in Ekiti State were burying their members and crying over avoidable issues.
“We want to alert the public that we have not been paid once this year. We have had no reason to shout ‘Happy New Year’ since 2018 because we have not been paid.
“Everybody was celebrating Independence Day, but we were mourning our colleagues who had died from excruciating pains of hunger and treatable diseases. How can someone worked for 35 years and be abandoned to suffer in the hands of government?” the communiqué stated.