Again, Osun retirees protest non-payment of 4 years gratuities, 12 month pension

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[Osun]–Scores of Osun State Retirees Forum of 2011/2012 members stormed Ola-Iya Junction, Osogbo, Osun State in great number for the refusal of State government to pay their gratuities from 2008 to 2012 in addition to 12 months pension arrears.

Chairman of 2011/2012 retirees forum, Mr. Omoniyi Ilesanmi in his address said, “After series of letters of appeal and meetings with different personalities in the state such as APC leaders, Obas, Security, Chiefs, Religious leaders, Opinion leaders and Governor Rauf Aregbesola himself to get us out of this dilemma caused by Governor Rauf Aregbesola through his blunt refusal to pay us our gratuity from 2008 to 2012 and 12 months pension arrears.

“The untimely and avoidable death continue unabated; over 2000 pensioners have died; many are on their sick bed; many retirees are living in dilapidated buildings like lunatics, our creditors are making life very difficult for us thinking that we have been paid but we do out want to offset our debts, and so on. We have no option than to go out on street again to press for our demands which is the prompt payment of our statutory entitlement from the recently released Paris Club Refund,” he emphatically.

Omoniyi also alleged that money given to Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the Federal Government to make life bearable for the workers, pensioners, has been diverted without observing the conditions attached to such fund.

He said “The 1st tranche of Paris Club Refund released to the state ; N14.5bn, amount utilized is N4.6bn and amount diverted is N9.9bn.

“The second tranche has been released but our Sole Administrator is planning to divert it to another unprofitable white elephant project like, on-going demolition of shops at MDS Area, Execution of July 8 bye-election in Osun West senatorial district, East by-pass overhead bridge,” he alleged.

Former Head of Service, Segun Akinwusi who also joined the struggle of the retirees also lamented that the government is insensitive to the cry of the aged citizens.

He said ” there are three ways how State earn their income and they are; Federal allocation, tax and asset. But many asset has been sold and the forceful way of collecting tax is not commendable with the bad economy in the State.

“I want to urge the pensioners not to condemn any election exercise again in the State. Don’t act base on what Aregbesola led government has done not to vote, but satisfy your conscience by voting this people out of power,” he added.

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