Rivers Pensioners Hits 18, 073 …Retirees Co-ordinator Denies Partisanship
Rivers state Governor Chief Nyesom Wike has approved the inclusion of 2,673 additional retirees into the monthly pension payment scheme of the state government. This is in addition to the 15,400 pensioners currently receiving monthly pensions.
According to a statement by the Director-General, Rivers State Pension Board, Ijeoma Samuel, the approval followed the completion of biometric data capture of the new pensioners.
According to the statement, the State Monthly Pensions Payroll now has 18,073 Pensioners while the biometric capture was ongoing for public servants retiring between August and December 2019.
It said that an ICT Department would soon start the biometric verification exercise for the next batch of retiring public servants.
The statement commended the governor for giving the pensioners a ‘new song’ for Christmas and the New Year.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Retirees in Rivers State from 2015 till date, Mr. Lucky Ati has debunked insinuation that he is a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) being sponsored to incite the retirees against the state government.
Ati in an interview with our correspondent in Port Harcourt said he is not a member of APC talk less of being a stalwart, but only have feeling for the retirees who are suffering and facing untold hardship after serving the government meritoriously for 35 years.
He opined that the allegation was baseless and advised those who are peddling such rumour to stop forth with.
On the approval by the Governor Nyesom Wike for the payment of 2,673 retirees that have undergone their biometrics, Ati disclosed that a meeting was held recently where the retirees were briefed on the development, pointing out that they are only waiting to be payrolled as the Governor would always stand by his words.
According to him, the retirees should be paid their monthly pension before they talk of the arrears, and expressed optimism that the governor will settle everything by next year so as to put smiles on the faces of the retirees in the state.
The coordinator of the retirees however advised that since they had handed everything to God and God had heard their prayers, they should remain thankful to God.