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The Week In Review: Remember us in your Govt, Ekiti pensioners beg Fayemi

Ekiti state gubernatorial election has been won and lost and several weeks back too. Its winner is none other than Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a former minister of Solid Minerals and equally a former governor of the state.

But pensioners in state have earnestly appealed to him to place high premium on payment of pension when he assumes office, saying they are sick and tired  of how their members were being killed by treatable diseases due to unpaid pension arrears.

The body accused  Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government  of neglect, which they accused of deliberately impoverishing  their members  and made them vulnerable to all forms of  diseases.

The body , acting under the aegis of  Concerned  Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria(CLGPAN), Ekiti chapter ,made the appeal on Wednesday, 3 after a prayer session  organized to seek the face of God against high incidences of deaths among its members.

A communiqué issued at the end of the session and signed by CLGPAN’s Coordinator/Chairman, Alhaji Quadri  Oguntuase  and Secretary, Mr.Abiodun Agboola, regretted that none of its member has  received  its monthly pension since January, 2018.

The statement  said it sounded so pathetic that while Nigerians were celebrating   Independence Day on October 1 , that  pensioners in Ekiti were burying their members and crying over avoidable issues.

“At that payer session, we didn’t just pray for God’s intervention, we also viewed  the neglect of our members in the scheme of things as callous, and greatest  height of insensitivity.

“We want to alert the public that we have not been paid once this year, we have no reason to shout happy new year since 2018, because our we have not been paid.

“Everybody is celebrating Independence Day, but we are mourning over our colleagues who have died in the course excruciating pains of hunger and treatable diseases.

“Some of us live on the children who have no specific jobs  after their  graduation and service year . We are tired of this situation and the next government must change the trend.

File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement © Vanguardngr

“On this note, we appeal  to  the Governor –elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to make  the welfare of our  members its priority.

“He should as a matter of importance arrest the deaths among our members. How can someone worked for 35 years and later abandoned to suffer in the hands of government?

“What made our situation more pathetic was that , it was the same government we served  that has been meting this punishment on us. We are tired of one –day,  one -death  among our members,” the communiqué stated.
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