Pensioners in Edo State, yesterday, in Benin, protested the non- harmonization of their pension since 2008. The pensioners, who protested peacefully to the Government House, were also unhappy over the non-payment of their pension in the last 42 months.
Spokesman of the pensioners, Mr Michael Umogbai, accused the state government of being insensitive to their plight, despite several promises it had made to settle them. Umogbai recalled that the state House of Assembly had in December 2016 approved about N3 billion to clear the pension arrears.
“As I speak with you, some of us, especially those from the local governments, are owed arrears of up to 42 months. The government has also refused to harmonize pension in the state since 2008.
“I retired as a local government worker in 1996 and I can tell you that while some of us still receive N2, 000 as monthly pension, our counterparts in other states receive about N40, 000,” he said.