Pensioners from the Enugu State Water Corporation have appealed to the State Government to accommodate them into the State Pension Scheme in order to offset the over seventy-nine months arrears of pension and twelve years of gratuity owed to them.
They made the appeal during a peaceful protest at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu National Station.
The Chairman of the Union, Comrade Christopher Ude lamented that life had been difficult for most of their members and called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to come to their aid.
Comrade Ude also called on the Enugu State House of Assembly to amend the law establishing the Corporation in order to remove the bottleneck in addressing the welfare of Water Corporation workers and pensioners.
Other members that spoke to Radio Nigeria, Prince MmeniruOzobu and Comrade AgboNweze Godwin said they had written several letters to the State Government to no avail, noting that their members were passing through hardship.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, the Managing Director, Enugu State Water Corporation, Mr. Chidozie Eze said the State Government was working hard to address the issue and urged the protesters to exercise patience.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Charles Egumgbe confirmed that the State Government had released funds for the payment of the owed arrears.
The protesters were carrying placards with inscriptions, “We are at the mercy of our landlords,” “Enugu State Governor should come to our aid,” “Our members are dying of hunger” among others.