Asaba, the Delta State capital today, played host to a crowd of angry pensioners under the aegis of Association of Contributory Retirees, protesting the non-payment of their pension totalling N16.9 billion.
During the protest which grounded commercial activities, the pensioners called on the state government to urgently address their demands, failure to which the state would be paralysed through industrial action.
Chanting war songs, the protesters carried various placards with inscriptions like: “Uduaghan, Pay Us Our Pensions”, “Pay Us Our N16.9 Billion”,”Gov Uduaghan Stop This Fraud.” They walked along Okpanam Road.
Addressing journalists, the chairman of the group, Ovwiroro Ajueyitsi Eric, said they were highly displeased with the state government over the continuous delay in the payment of their pension.
He warned the state government of the impending strike and mass rallies, should they (government) continue to treat their demands with kid gloves.
“We shall not hesitate to mobilise our members to carry out mass rallies in Asaba, Agbor, Warri, Kwale and Ughelli. Also, we will sensitise Delta State public workers, Nigeria Labour Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council, to commence industrial action against the state government. This is to compel them to honour and obey the Pension Reform Law, 2008 signed by Governor Uduaghan,” said Eric.
The pensioners later marched to the State House of Assembly to register their frustration.