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Rivers Pensioners Fast, Pray …Over Unpaid Arrears

Many retirees in the Rivers State Civil Service from 2015 have resorted to fasting and prayers as they are yet to be paid their pension and gratuity even after completing their biometrics which is the major criteria for payment by the state government.

Our correspondent who is monitoring activities of the retirees gathered that the aged senior citizens who have served the state for 35 years meritoriously in one capacity or the other seem to have been ignored by the state government.

It was gathered that only about 864 retirees in the said period have so far been paid their monthly pension with effect from June 2019, while over 3,000 others captured by biometrics are yet to receive their pension.

The development is making life unbearable for them as they could no longer afford their children school demands, resulting to most of them being drop outs while some engage in street trading to make ends meet in assisting their parents.

Our correspondent also learnt that most of the retirees have become prayer warriors as they called on God Almighty to touch the heart of the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to pay their entitlements as retirement is a time to reap or enjoy the fruit of their labours.

Prayers are being observed every Wednesday as retirees gather at the secretariat complex, Port Harcourt in black attires to sing and pray to God to deliver them from their predicaments.

Speaking with our correspondent in Port Harcourt, the coordinator of the retirees, Comrade Lucky Ati said it is worrisome that government promised to pay the second batch of retirees who have completed their biometrics since July 2019 from October, but have not kept to their promise.

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