Saturday, 28 November 2015

Unpaid Salaries: Benue Begins Compilation Of Retirees As Pensioners Protest

Benue State government has commenced compilation of local government retirees and other pensioners in the state in order to clear the backlog of unpaid allowances.

The pensioners have staged a protest in Makurdi to register their plight over the non-payment of their allowances which have accrued for several months.

Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday directed the state’s head of service to begin the data collection to avail the state the actual number of of pensioners that are being owed gratuities and allowances.

Ortom gave the directive while addressing a coalition of the retirees not yet on pension who marched to the Benue People’s House in Makurdi. He said the compilation of local government retirees in the State would cover from 2009 to 2014.

According to Ortom, the documentation would enable his administration to enlist the retirees for subsequent payment of their pension benefits as soon as the necessary procedures were completed.

He however reiterated that he was running a transparent and all inclusive administration and assured that he would appeal to the bailout committee to consider payment of the N143 million arrears owed them.

Urging the people of the state to disregard rumours that his administration had diverted the bailout funds, Ortom noted that staff of the local governments are yet to receive the arrears of their wages and would be paid as soon as the ongoing staff verification was completed.

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