Ogun pensioners lock up Commissioner, workers over unpaid pensions

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OGUN State Commissioner for Finance, Adewale Osinowo was locked up yesterday in his Oke-Mosan office, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, alongside other ministry workers over two months unpaid pensions of local government retirees. Members of the Association of Local Government Pensioners in the state, stormed the office complex and immediately locked the two entrances leading to the office, demanding for their May and June, 2016 pensions. Activities at the ministry were partially paralysed as workers were prevented from moving from one office to the others while members mounted guard at the entrances. The pensioners claimed that no fewer than 60 members of the association had died in the last
two months. Led by its Chairman, Sikiru Akangbe Ayilara, the angry pensioners besieged the office and demanded to see the Commissioner whom, according to them, attempted sneaking out upon sighting them. The Chairman said the Commissioner had earlier sneaked out of the office of the state Accountant-General in an attempt to avoid the protesters. Osinowo who later appeared to the pensioners after about 30 minutes of laying siege in his office, immediately went into a close door session with the leadership of the union which lasted for about an hour. Journalists and other members of the union were, however, barred from the meeting that held at the Ministry’s conference room. During the meeting, two of the
By Sulaiman Fasasi, Abeokuta
By Kenneth Atavti
protesting pensioners slumped, but were later revived by their colleagues some of whom rushed out of the meeting. Addressing journalists after the meeting, Osinowo attributed the delay in payment of May, 2016 pensions to communication gap between the ministry and the pensioners. He explained that the money had been paid by the government to the bank handling the account, but that the bank has failed to credit the bureau of local government. …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot