• College Of Education Ikere Retirees Protest Non-payment Of Pension Arrears

    Scores of retirees of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, protested yesterday the non-payment of about 20 years’ pension arrears.

    They regretted that the poverty of their situation caused the death of over 40 of their members. The pensioners, under the aegis of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti Pensioners Association, carried placards with various inscriptions.

    They were angry that “the non-payment of the areas is a systematic way of killing us the pensioners. Some of the placards read: “We are suffering, please, bail us out of this hardship”, “Save our lives from Starvation”, “We appeal to government to have mercy on us and pay our gratuity”, among several others.

    The pensioners said: “At the moment, about 80 of our members have been suffering from one physical infirmity or the other.”

    Addressing reporters during the protest, the chairman of the association Mr Elijah Familusi said he and his colleagues were owed over 15 years of pension arrears.

    He said: “I want to say that members of this association were not being used by any politician or political group against the state government. The Deputy Provost of the college, Mr Rotimi Omonijo said the pensioners’ demands were legitimate.

    He said the college Provost, Prof Francisca Aladejana, had compiled the names of the affected retirees and the financial implications of their requests.

    The deputy provost assured that the outstanding entitlements of the pensioners would be paid before the end of the month.

    He urged the protesters to be patient.

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