Pensioners disown alleged plans to protest against Edo govt

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

By Jethro Ibileke

The Edo chapter of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), on Tuesday disowned authors of a letter purporting that it was plotting to protest against the State government.

Chairman of the union, Comrade Samuel Okhuelegbe, refuted the claim during a stakeholders meeting in Benin City.

He said that those who authored the said letter do not represent the interest of the pensioners, but to create bad blood between the pensioners and the Edo State government.

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Okhuelegbe wondered why the Union would contemplate to embark on demonstration against a government that has paid 21 years of pension arrears at the State and local government levels.

He added that his members are being paid their pensions by 25th or 26th of every month.

According to him, “The governor Godwin Obaseki-led government introduced 13th month pay for pensioners in Edo State, in addition to free health insurance which would help senior citizens to live longer life.”

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