Some pensioners in Osun State have accusied the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola of lying and making fake promises during a protest they staged at the state secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital.
The pensioners, who were protesting over non-payment of their entitlements, carried placards with inscriptions such as “Gov. Oyetola, stop this lying and fake promises”; “Pay us our money.”
Their leader, Mr. Oyadare Gbenga, said the government owed pensioners N50 billion, both in accrued rights and contributory pensions.
Gbenga, who addressed journalists at the secretariat, said: “The total amount owed pensioners in the state is N50 billion, which is about half of the state’s budget.
“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola should seek bailout from the Federal Government, if he refuses to borrow to pay us. We cannot continue to let our people die due to hunger and lack of money.
“Our accrued rights, which is our entitlements before the commencement of the contributory pension in May 2010 and the monthly contributory pensions are yet to be paid, five years after retirement.
“Some people have been paid, but they are here to show solidarity with others.
“Many of our colleagues have been down with one sickness or other ailments such as stroke, diabetes, blindness etc. We cannot continue like this. The governor must be proactive about resolving the issue.”
It will be recalled that the pensioners, had in August, thronged major roads in Osogbo, protesting government’s failure to pay their entitlement.