Oyakhilome decries delay in payment of pension

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FILE PHOTO: Protesting pensioners.

Mr Fidelis Oyakhilome, the President of Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (ARPON), on Friday urged the Federal Government not to delay the payment of pensioners’ entitlements.

Oyakhilome, a former Military Administrator of Rivers, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to him, any money paid to the pensioners that is delayed means the pensioner has been short-changed.

“Pension even though delayed, is not denial; any money you pay to a pensioner which is delayed means you have short-changed the beneficiary.

“First of all, that money could have gone into bank and would have yielded interest; secondly, many pensioners are sick and have no money to purchase drugs.

“Because of this, they die before their pension money is paid to them and all in all the pensioners are the losers;…

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