…Count us out of Imo pensioners protest – NLC
By Chinonso Alozie – Owerri
The Imo state pensioners yesterday protested unpaid 4 months pension arrears, even because the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has vowed to pay them by Friday this week.
The pensioners led by the Chairman pension intervention committee, Iyke Ohaneje, who arrived on the Government House, stated that they weren’t completely satisfied over the delay within the cost of their pension and that it was the rationale for which they got here out to complain to the federal government.
Addressing the pensioners, the Imo state Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Cosmos Iwu, stated: “I commend the pensioners for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and I have given them the assurance that they will be paid their pension by Friday, and that the reason for the delay is that the government is still sorting out the names of retired pensioners because some people who are still in civil service also receive pension. So, we are cleaning up the payroll system.”
In the identical useless, the management of Imo state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, led by Austin Chilakpu, has reacted to pensioners protest saying that NLC, has dissociated itself from a protest by some pensioners within the state.
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He stated that, the pensioners are conscious that discussions between the federal government and NLC, to utterly clear up the rot within the pension payroll and pay all excellent pension was already in progress.
According to Chilakpu, “NLC has been dialoguing with the State authorities on the pension situation and was conscious of the actual fact that there have been nonetheless quite a few contentious entries on the pension payroll which the federal government is checking out to make sure a complete clear pensioners’ record. The authorities has assured Labour that every one excellent pensions will probably be paid quickly.
“NLC will quickly tackle the general public on the rot within the pension scheme and appealed to the pensioners to train a little bit endurance as a result of we’re positive that the problems will quickly be resolved and excellent pensions paid.
“The Union was not in support of protests because the pensioners may unwittingly make themselves vulnerable for infiltration by those who do not mean well for them, the protesters did not get approval from neither NLC nor the police to embark on any protests.”
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