Benue pensioners to Alia: Clear N900m arrears, gratuities in 7-days or face protest

Pensioners in Benue state under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has given the Governor Hyacinth Alia’s administration a one-week ultimatum to pay their monthly pension or face mass protests from members.

The pensioners arrived at the decision during an emergency meeting at its secretariat in Makurdi.

The state chairman of the pensioners, Michael Vembe, and secretary, Saater Bur, said members demanded that the government should release N900 million monthly for the payment of local government pensioners.

They also demanded that the state government pays all local government pensioners their three months pension arrears without delay in addition to the payment of their pension arrears and gratuities while placing all retirees that have fully processed their papers on pension payroll this month and pay pension within a month of a worker’s retirement from service.

They resolved that if the government fails to meet their demands, the union will have no choice but mobilise all pensioners in the state to protest on Wednesday next week.

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