Yesterday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, hundreds of Local Government Pensioners protested at the government house over the non-payment of their gratuities by the State Government since 2012.
According to the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr. Effanga Ettah, local government pensioners stay months before they get their monthly pension and many others have died without receiving their entitlements.
“Local government pensioners stay months before their monthly pension is paid. This is due to the poor funding of the Local Government Pension Board. The arrears amounting to millions of naira is still pending.
“The union believes that in your good gesture, you will approve payment for the arrears and money for dead pensioner’s next of kin.”
However, according to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Victor Antai, the State Government was unaware of the situation. He noted that the allocation from the Federal Government was not enough to pay workers salaries and pensioner monthly pension.