Anambra State Pensioners Vow To Go On Hunger Strike Over Unpaid Gratuities

 Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Anthony Ugozor said the retirees would meet early next year to take a decision on the matter.

He said: “We don’t know what again to do. We are longer in active service and so the government is treating our matter with levity because it knows we can no longer embark on industrial dispute.

“We may consider hunger strike after our meeting. The only problem we may have is whether it will be detrimental to our health at our age. But members will decide that at our meeting.

“I got my December pension before Christmas. We thank Governor Willie Obiano for that; he pays pension regularly

“But pension is not all that we need. We are dying in piecemeal; the governor should pay our gratuities. That was what I said a few days ago that attracted unfair comments against me from government’s officials.  “They were not comfortable with my comment but what I said was the truth. There are arrears of four years of gratuities because payment stopped in 2017. No retiree from 2017,2018,2019,2020 has gotten gratuity.

“Harmonisation of pension has not been done since 2010, despite the fact that we’re contacting with government. We’ve been discussing with them; writing to them; even at official state functions, I would include such demands in my official addresses.

“Paying pension as and when due will not stop me from talking about other entitlements of pensioners which the governor is not paying…”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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