Pensioners in Bauchi State have appealed to the federal, state and local governments to pay them a backlog of N6billion pension and gratuity.?
The state chairman of pensioners? association, Alhaji Habu Gar and his counterpart, chairman of Bauchi Local Government Pensioners? Association, Alhaji Yahaya Umar, made the demand at a joint press conference at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in Bauchi.?
Gar said the backlog of pension and gratuity owed the pensioners was over N6billion and appealed to the government at all levels to pay them their money in order to save lives.
He said for over seven months, the government had not paid the retired workers their gratuities and pensions.?
According to him, some of them were not included in the list of the paid a three-months arrears after they retired, while many had lost lost their lives or fallen ill waiting for pension that was not forthcoming.?
On his part, Umar said the government did not pay the two-year gratuity to workers who retired and at the local governments since September of October 2013.
He called for speedy payment of the money to allow the retirees address their problems. The pensioners said many of their children and wards had been sent out of schools, while some were unable to pay their medical expenses.?
They appealed to the government to pity their conditions and reduce their problems.