Uzodinma Calls For Patience As He Promises To Pay Protesting Pensioners Very Soon
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has reiterated his commitment to the payment of pensioners in the state.
The Governor revealed this yesterday when a group under the auspices of the Imo Pensioners Association led a peaceful protest to the Government House, Owerri, to appeal that the Governor fast-track the processes he has put in place to clear the backlog of pensions being owed to them.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Governor Uzodinma reminded the retirees that the delay in the payment of their pensions was majorly due to discrepancies in their names and challenges relating to payment vouchers which were discovered in the pension’s payroll system inherited by his administration.
“Some pensioners names appeared twice with different amounts of money and even conflicting BVN numbers.”
He however promised that the solution to the problem is almost completed and urged the pensioners to further exercise a little more patience so that the problem can be solved once and for all.
Earlier, the leader of the pension association, Iyke Ohaneje read out a catalogue of the challenges that the members have been having as a result of the delay in the payment.
He pleaded with the government to urgently come to their rescue as many of them have become vulnerable as a result of a lack of money to attend to their basic needs further pointing out that 49 of their members have died in the past four months, saying the situation has spiralled out of control and is both pathetic and disheartening.