Enugu senior citizens blame Chime over non-payment of pensions, gratuities

TheChime Enugu State As­sociation of Pen­sioners has attrib­uted the non-payment of pensions and gratuities to the immediate past ad­ministration, saying that such behaviour does not speak well for an instituted authority or government.
Spokesman of the group, Rev Peter Agoziem told newsmen  that the insincerity of the former Governor Sullivan Chime has contributed immensely to the suffering and death of some mem­bers of senior citizens in the state.
Agoziem regretted that since 2009, the senior citi­zens in Enugu State have not received their pension and gratuities and that has imposed economic hard­ship on the families of the retired state and federal civil servants in Enugu.
He stated this while ex­plaining the condition of pensioners at the old East­ern Nigeria State House of Assembly in Enugu, according to him, the old people who served the state and federal govern­ment should not be al­lowed to die without the right given to them, he stated.
The spokesman of the group also noted that federal government has directed that harmonisa­tion or the review of salary structure must be done after every five years but expressed disappointment that such directives have not been followed by the state government.
In his words: “Ug­wuanyi should not be blamed because the previ­ous government owed us, but government is a con­tinuum so let them pay us because we cannot pay our children’s school fees any­more,” he noted.
Chief Nwobodo Felix Ani one of the senior citi­zens also confirmed that they have not received their pensions and gratu­ities, saying July 2015 pen­sion has not been paid.
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