Angry pensioners protest in Osun state (PHOTOS)

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Osun state protested lately over the non-payment of their pensions for the past seven months.

In a speech on Wednesday by the Chairman of NUP in the state, Dr. J.A. Olunlade, he lamented that many of his colleagues die because they lack money to buy food and drugs.

The pensioners stormed the House of Assembly in their hundreds to register their displeasure about their pensions.

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Punch reported that although a large number of security operatives were deployed in the Assembly, the security men did not harass the aged protesters.

“Till the time of this demonstration, pensioners in Osun state are yet to be paid seven month pensions, from November 2014 to May 2015.

“Empty promises and insensitivity of the government to the plight of pensioners have led to the untimely death of many and inability of many to meet their financial obligations,” Olunlade said.

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Some of the pensioners told journalists that they were sick and could not raise money to treat themselves.

The Deputy Chief Whip, Taiwo Adeyemi, who addressed the pensioners said the Assembly understood their plight but explained that the state government was working hard to ensure that the salaries were paid.

Adeyemi also appealed to them to exercise more patience while promising that the lawmakers would still hold a meeting with the governor on the issue.


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