The Retirees protesting

The Pensioners in Osun State, today went on the street of Osogbo to protest over the failure of the state government to pay their entitlements.

In the protest which was witnessed by Adekkatv correspondence in Osogbo,the state capital, the protesters made a call to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to look into the financial actions of the outgoing Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The Leader of the group of 2011/2012 Retired Public Servants in Osun State, Yemi Lawal, believe that the state government is not spending funds in an appropriate manner.

“Aregbesola is still owing us 15 months of pension arrears and December 2008 to 2012 gratuity. He has not paid our entitlements.

“Then the contributory pensioners we had contributed while in service ought to collect the bulk of their money six months after retirement. About four years back, Aregbesola did not remit the money contributed while in service and that is why the pension administration did not pay them,” he reported.

Yemi Lawal further said that, the intervention funds released by the Federal Government to assist state governments to ease the payment of pensions and salaries owed was not well make use of in Osun State.

Yemi  Lawal also emphasized that the governor debt to the workers, as well as retirees is 17 months pensions and salaries.

The pensioners then encourage the Federal Government to influence Governor Aregbesola to look into the unfortunate situation of the pensioners and pay up their entitlements.

Adelani Baderinwa,the state commissioner for Information and strategy,when informed, Nevertheless, refused to speak on the accusations raised by the pensioners.

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