‘You have failed us’ | Bayelsa pensioners picket outside Dickson’s government house

Aggrieved pensioners in Bayelsa state took to the streets on Wednesday, to protest Governor Seriake Dickson’s failure to pay them their allowances in four months.

They blocked major roads in Yenagoa, carried placards and marched from St. Peters Primary School Ovom to the Government House gate in Onopa.

Some of the placards they carried bore inscriptions such as, “pensioners not for endorsement and politics” and “talk and do governor, you have failed us.”

The pensioners were received by the Chief of Staff to the governor, Talford Ongolo who assured them of government’s determination to solve their problems.

Ongolo assured and promised the government would pay them one month to enable them celebrate the yuletide adding that the Treasury Department had been put on notice to quickly arrange for the one month allowance of the pensioners.

The Chairman of Bayelsa State pensioners, Emmanuel Namatebe, who was at the meeting said Ongolo promised that after the yuletide, the government would sit with the pensioners and fashion out modalities of paying the remaining arrears.

“We are owed from September to November. But since the government has promised to pay us one month to enable us celebrate the yuletide it means they want to pay for September. We have not received alert yet but if the money is not paid today, it means that it won’t be paid till after Christmas,” Namatebe said.

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