Osun pensioners storm the state secretariat over unpaid arrears

In continuation of their protest to press home demand for payment of their pension arrears and gratuities, the Osun State pensioners on Friday stormed the State Secretariat and locked out workers.

The pensioners started the protest on Thursday and continued early Friday morning before workers resumed.

According to Punch, the protesters locked the main gate as well as the second gate thereby preventing workers from going inside.

Policemen, operatives of the Department of State Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defeñce Corps were deployed to ensure violence does not ensue.

One of the leaders of the pensioners, Yemi Lawal, told newsmen that they would not allow any worker to go inside the Secretariat.

He said the state government was owing them 12-month pensions and the gratuities of those who retired between 2008/and 2012 had not been paid.

He accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of planning to divert the second tranche of N12,7 billion Paris Club loan refund.

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