There was delicate drama on Thursday as safety brokers, engaged on the directive of the Ogun State Authorities, locked out protesting native authorities pensioners on the Governor’s workplace, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The pensioners underneath the aegis of Native Authorities Pensioners Affiliation (LOGPAN) had stormed the state secretariat in protest over the alleged refusal of Governor Dapo Abiodun to pay their gratuities.
As early as 8am, the senior residents, armed with placards, had gathered across the state secretariat for his or her demonstration.
The procession of the aged protesters, nevertheless, met a brick wall on the second gate of the secretariat, resulting in the Governor’s workplace, as safety brokers hurriedly locked the gate towards them.
Nonetheless, the State Chairman of Native Authorities Pensioners Affiliation (LOGPAN), Sikiru Ayilara, and a handful of the officers, engaged safety brokers in an altercation to achieve entrance.
Enraged by the act, Ayilara tried to power the gate open, raining abuses, however the safety brokers, together with police, NSCDC and personal safety guards, didn’t budge.
Staff have been left stranded with authorities actions paralysed momentarily.
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DAILY POST experiences that the protest climaxed the three-day fasting declared by the pensioners over the backlog of unpaid gratuity.
Aside from placards with varied inscriptions, the pensioners have been armed with mats, insisting that they’d not depart the governor’s workplace till their calls for have been met.
Talking with newsmen, Ayilara stated “We needed to stage a peaceable protest and we introduce ourselves to them, we don’t have cutlasses, we don’t have extraordinary stick in our arms, we simply need to make the individuals know the therapy being meted out to us as pensioners on this state.
“The struggling we’re experiencing from this and the earlier administration is an excessive amount of.”
Ayilara had lamented that his members are damage by the alleged non-challant perspective of the governor to their calls for, which embrace non-payment of gratuities, lateness and non-increment of their month-to-month pensions and discrimination towards the state and native authorities pensioners by the federal government amongst others.
He accused Abiodun of “enjoying dangerously with the lives of the members” by refusing to pay their gratuities on time.
The affiliation insisted that the quarterly fee of N500m by Abiodun which by calculation would take 34 years to clear all of the gratuities is unacceptable.
They referred to as for a overview of the coverage by voting N1 Billion month-to-month as a substitute of fee of N500m quarterly which they stated would take 34 years to clear the excellent.
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