Pensioners in Ekiti State have urged the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to investigate the delay in the payment of pension to members despite introducing centralized payment for all pensioners in the state.
The retirees, Concerned Local Government Pensioners’ Association of Nigeria also described the proposal by Fayemi, to make payment of pension to Ekiti retirees from a central source as a veritable way to curb corruption in the State civil service.
The pensioners said through the process, retirees at the State and local government levels will be given equal attention and receive their payments when conventional civil servants are paid .
The State Chairman of the group, Alhaji Quadri Oguntuase and Secretary, Mr. Abiodun Agboola, who spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday said they found it disheartening that his members were still not paid the November pension in spite of the promise made by the governor that all pensioners will henceforth be paid centrally.
They called on Governor Fayemi to resolve the logjam leading to delay in the payment of November salary and also investigate the mystery behind the delay and impose appropriate sanctions on workers creating unnecessary bottleneck causing untold hardship to members.
Oguntuase expressed sadness that many of their members who are on drugs could not afford their medicare owing to acute financial problem, urging the governor to meddle in the issue and resolve the delay in the interest of the local government pensioners.
“Our fear was assuaged by the promise made by Governor Fayemi that all State and local government pensioners will be paid centrally to ensure prompt payment and checkmate corruption. We agreed with this arrangement and praise the governor for this landmark initiative.
“On Friday November 30 , in line with Governor Fayemi’s vow to pay as and when due, all the serving local government workers, State retirees and even primary school teachers pensioners received their payment while the local government retirees were left behind.
“We are a little bit taken aback by this delay, because all our colleagues have been paid. Even the primary school teachers retirees who are under local governments have been paid , why are we now being sidelined?’, he asked