Rivers Retirees Demand 49 Months Arrears …Receive Monthly Pension
Some retirees of Rivers State government under the contributory pension scheme that was abrogated by Governor, Nyesom Wike recently have expressed gratitude to the government for the payment of their monthly pension with effect from June 2019.
The retirees who made the commendation in an interview with our correspondent after an emergency meeting at the state secretariat, Port Harcourt said they were relieved as the governor listens to their cries also appealed for the payment of the outstanding arrears and the gratuity to further cursion their plight.
They said the payment would go long way to settle some debt if their gratuity and arrears would be worked-out and paid would further give them a sense belonging after serving the government meritoriously for decades.
Senibo Christopher Jackson Fubara, said it is a thing of joy that the governor had finally listened to the cries of retirees or senior citizens who were in the contributory pension scheme before his assumption of office as governor.
Senibo Fubara urged Governor Wike to consider the outstanding monthly arrears and the gratuity and also ensure refund of money contributed to the pension administrators.
Also speaking, the coordinator and spokesman of the retirees under the contributory pension, Comrade Luck Ati thanked the government for their concern over the welfare of the retirees in the state despite the long delay, and also thanked God for all his goodness towards the retirees till now.
Ati appealed that those that have done their biometrics should also be considered for the monthly pension while those who are yet to carry out their biometrics should be invited and captured for payment.
He however reminded the government of the pension arrears of over 49 months as well as the gratuity, and used the forum to also thank the state pension board for all their efforts in facilitating the processes and payments, enjoining them to keep up the spirit.
In his remarks, Mr. Ali Dappa however noted that government is supposed to pay the gratuity before the monthly pension, appealing that subsequently payment of gratuity should not exceed three months after retirement.
Madam Caroline Amadi said the day she saw the alert in the month of June 2019 for the payment of her pension was like a dream come true and expressed gratitude to the Governor Nyesom Wike for alleviating the plight of retirees in the state.
Elder Henry Obi Orike said, “I am okay as burden having been relieved somehow”. He enjoined the government to pay those yet to receive, and also pay the arrears and gratuity and pleaded that the payments should not be delayed any longer to give succor and relief to pensioners.