Abia pensioners lament arrears of pension, gratuity


By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—SCORES of pensioners of Abia State, yesterday, took to the streets of Umuahia, the state capital, to protest what they called government’s insensitivity to the suffering of their members.

They said their members, who are being owed as much as 20 months arrears of pensions and 18 years of unpaid gratuity were dying on daily basis.

Dressed in all black, the pensioners, some of them looking sickly and fragile, marched from their School Road office through the busy Aba Road to Government House where they were received by Principal Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Chief Emma Nwabuko, who assured them that the government was making serious effort to pay them.

According to the chairman of Abia State Civil/Public Pensioners Association, Dr Emmanuel Okparanta, his members are owed several months of pension arrears.

He said: “Pensioners are dying on daily…

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