A yet-to-be-identified pensioner has slumped on the common Ring Highway in Benin, the Edo State capital, throughout a protest by members of the state chapter of the Retired Civil Servants Welfare of Nigeria (ARCSWON).
The retirees on Monday protested over their unpaid pension gratuities, non-harmonisation of pensions, amongst different welfare points by the federal government.
It was gathered that the pensioner was instantly rushed to a hospital by the union the place he was resuscitated.
Additionally throughout the protest, the pensioners held of their arms placards, bearing completely different inscriptions.
A few of such inscriptions are; “Pensioners Want Gratuity To take Care Of Our Well being”, “Pay Our Gratuity and Harmonise Our Month-to-month Pension”, amongst others.
In the meantime, the protest reportedly induced gridlock on the street and the adjoining streets as commuters needed to trek to their respective locations.
The spokesperson of the group, Yusuf Bako, stated the protest was staged in opposition to unlawful deduction of the month-to-month pension, amongst others.
“Additionally, the difficulty on floor is gratuity. Since 2012, state authorities retirees haven’t obtained their gratuities whereas that of native authorities is since 2008.
“We even have points with harmonisation of our pensions; as of immediately, the instructor that taught me geography receives N4,000 a month,” he stated.
He additional maintained that the protest was a warning to the federal government in regards to the mom of all protests that’s coming if it fails to grant their request.
“On that day, we’ll carry pot, mattress and range to occupy this place even when it rains or it’s sunny, we is not going to depart till they grant our calls for. However for immediately, we’ll depart as a result of points are resolved on a desk.”
Addressing the pensioners, Osaro Washington, consultant of the Edo State Pension Bureau, assured that each one arms had been on deck to deal with the problems raised by the aggrieved pensioners.
“We’ve requested them to placed on maintain the one per cent deduction till additional discover. We aren’t owing any pensioner. What they’re saying is their gratuity.”
“We’ve advised them occasions with out quantity that the fee will likely be executed as shortly as attainable and we’re holding assembly with all stakeholders on this specific concern,” he stated.
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