Once more, Benue pensioners protest non-payment of entitlements

A whole lot of pensioners beneath the aegis of  Involved Pensioners in Benue State on Wednesday, thronged the foremost streets of the city to  protest  the alleged 75 months of  unpaid entitlements.

The protest terminated  on the workplace of the Benue State Pension Board alongside Barracks street in Makurdi, the capital metropolis.

The protest on Wednesday was the second time in a single month the pensioners would throng the foremost streets of the capital metropolis to demand for cost of their pension and gratuities.

On the time the protesters obtained to the cupboard workplace that additionally homes the workplace of secretary to the state authorities, they had been denied entry.

Vice chairman of the pensioners, Comrade Stanley Okwanya, who led the protest instructed journalists outdoors the gate of the board that they might not relent till their cash is absolutely paid.

“We’ve determined that each month, we can be popping out till our request is met,” he stated.

Talking on the presence of tight safety round them, the group chief stated that the  presence of police had nothing to do with their demand saying  that the police commissioner had no functionality to satisfy their request.

“He solely promised us to take it to the suitable quarters. Already, people had gone to court docket over the matter however not on the union platform.”

Okwanya  stated,  “We’re  being owed between 38 and 75 months pensions arrears on the state and native governments ranges respectively whereas the backlog of gratuity has change into a forgotten challenge.

Additionally the state Commissioner of Police, Wale Abass, who was on floor to make sure orderliness stated he was on board to calm the protesters.

The CP was  accompanied by the safety adviser, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd).

The CP stated,  “We’re going to channel their request to the suitable quarters. They aren’t violent as you may see them of their numbers.

“We’re right here to make sure they transfer round peacefully and secure. You may see the numbers of police following them.”

On his half, the Chairman of the Pension Board, Terna Ahua, who acquired the protesters behind the locked gate, stated he would take their complaints to his principal and thereafter reply to them.

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