Vehicular movement at the Oba Ovonramen Square and environs in Benin City was disrupted Thursday morning for hours following a protest by pensioners over non -payment of pension arrears, gratuities and non-implementation of pension increment and harmonization.
Amenze Obarisiagbon reports that Pensioners under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Edo State Chapter took to the streets to attract the attention of the government to their grievances.
These aggrieved pensioners are protesting against the non-payment of their pensions’ arrears and gratuities, a situation they have earlier described as maltreatment meted on them by the Edo State government.
The pensioners’ all clad in red attires took their protests to Ring Road for several hours to cry out to relevant authorities to come to their aid, in order to hasten the payment of their outstanding gratuities and pension arrears spanning twelve months.
They highlighted other grievances to include non-implementation of pension increment and harmonization of all pensioners’ pensions.
Reacting to the situation, Edo State Head of Service, Gladys Idahor stated that the government has the pensioners’ interest at heart which has led them to spend over six point two billion naira so far on the payment of pensions in Edo State.
Gladys Idahor appealed that the pensioners’ exercise patience as the government is working tirelessly towards paying them their entitlements. She urged the aggrieved pensioners’ to desist from blocking the roads and obstructing traffic in a bid to register their grievances.
There was traffic gridlock at Oba Ovonramen Square and its environs while the protest lasted.