Benue governor to meet with pensioners to discuss challenges
Politics Nigeria has learnt that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has promised to meet with pensioners in the state to discuss challenges confronting them.
Acting Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Bem Melladu, made the announcement today while addressing the pensioners at Cool Off Park in Makurdi.
Dr. Melladu stated that Governor Ortom who was out of the state on official assignment had asked him to interact with them on his behalf.
He expressed appreciation for their orderliness and composure in articulating their challenges adding that they did insult anyone during their presentation.
The Acting Secretary to the Government stated that Governor Ortom had directed monthly releases for payment of pensions at the state and local government levels as well as new enrolment of retirees on the payroll and that his directives is being complied with.
The pensioners had earlier marched to the gate of Government House where they held a prayer session and requested God to intervene on their behalf and enable the state government to address their challenges.
Chairman of the Concerned Pensioners, Comrade Peter Kyado, stated that they had embarked on a three-day sensitization procession to the Head of Service, the House of Assembly and Government House to remind the government about their plight.
The pensioners stated that their challenges included the non-payment of arrears dating back to 2014 as well as upgrading of their monthly pensions as well inclusion on the e-payment platform.