Pensioners in Edo State, on Monday, barricaded the Oba Ovonramwen Square in Benin over the non-payment of pension and gratuities. The pensioners, who are former employees of the state and local government were seen carrying placards and chanting solidarity songs as they caused heavy traffic gridlock along the road.
Gabriel Osemwekha, their spokesman, said the protest was against the failure of Godwin Obaseki, the state Governor, to honour the promise he made on May Day. He lamented that all pensioners in the state were suffering, while some of them had died of hunger and inability to pay medical bills. He said Obbaseki had said that pensioners would receive payment from the month of June, but failed to honour it.
Osemwekha said state government pensioners were owed five to 42 months while their local government counterparts were owed between 13 to 32 months.