Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Osun state chapter disclosed that not less than 236 of its members have lost their lives this year following the inability of the state government to pay their pension and gratuity. This was made known yesterday when members of the union staged a peaceful protest to the State House of Assembly.
The protesters who are mostly elderly people from across the state later moved from the state Assembly to the popular Olaiya Junction causing gridlock and preventing vehicular movements in the area for more than two hours. The pensioners who carried different inscriptions reading “pensioners are suffering” pay our pension” , we can’t suffer anymore, stop deceiving us among others also sang different abusive songs to the state government.
Addressing journalists during the protest, the state secretary of the union, Elder Adesoji Adedire, lamented that members of the union could no longer bear the agony posed by the current financial hardship in the state.
Adedire stressed that the protest became necessary since the President Mohammadu Buhari led government had said that no state was being owed monthly allocation. His words: “Pensioners in the state are yet to be paid seven months pension. All promises made by governor Rauf Aregbesola when the pensioners met with him on July 23rd, 2013 were empty and his insensitivity to the plight of pensioners have led to the untimely death of many of us.