Retired civil servants protest non-payment of 8-year pension in Niger

Retired civil servants in Niger State on Wednesday protested the non-payment of their pension and gratuity by the state authorities for eight years.

The retirees, who blocked roads to the Authorities Home in Minna, vowed to proceed the protest till Governor Abubakar Bello provides them a concrete promise on when their entitlements can be paid.

One Idris Ndalati, who spoke on behalf of the retirees, informed journalists he retired as a chief driver with the Authorities Home.

Ndalati mentioned he had not been paid his gratuity for seven years.

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He added that many retirees and pensioners in the state have died whereas many others are affected by hypertension and stroke as a result of non-payment of their advantages.

He mentioned: “Our kids have stopped going to high school as a result of we couldn’t pay their faculty charges, and lots of of us can not shoulder the duty of feeding our household.”

The protesters additionally accused the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the state for not defending the curiosity of its members.

The state Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, who addressed the retirees, promised that the state authorities would look into their complaints.

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