About 3,000 retired Primary School teachers in Oyo Monday staged a peaceful protest over their unpaid pension arrears running to 56 months.
The old men and women started the protest from the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and proceeded to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Agodi Ibadan and later to the government secretariat.
The pensioners under the aegis of the National Union of Pensioners in Oyo, said they could not bear the pangs of hunger again after several months of unfulfilled promises by the state government.
Moses Alake Adeyemo, deputy governor and the Secretary to the state Government, Olalekan Alli appealed to the aggrieved retirees saying the governor was out of the country.
“So, when they gathered at the NLC secretariat this morning (yesterday), I could not stop them. They are being owed between 17 and 56 months. Tell me, how you can stop them even when the government has not shown any positive action.
“Many of these old people have suffered and died waiting for their legitimate entitlements. You can’t believe that some of these pensioners receive as low as N3,000, N4,000 and yet they are not paid regularly.”