Members of the Local Government Pensioners and Retired Primary School Teachers in Ogun State have begun three days fasting over alleged refusal to pay their gratuities by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led government.
They equally vowed to match on to the governor’s office after the three days fasting with their mats until their demands are met.
The State Chairman of Local Government Pensioners Association (LOGPAN), Sikiru Ayilara said this on Thursday, while speaking with newsmen at a press briefing held at the association Secretariat in Abeokuta .
Ayilara who spoke in the presence of the members, expressed frustration over serial of letters written to the government about their plights without any response.
He lamented that his members are hurt by the alleged non-challant attitude of the governor to their demands which include non-payment of gratuities, lateness and non-increment in the monthly pensions and discrimination against the members by the government among others .
The pensioners accused Abiodun of “playing dangerously with the lives of the members” by refusing to pay their gratuities on time .
The association insisted that the quarterly payment of N500m by Abiodun which by calculation would take 34 years to clear all the gratuities is unacceptable.
They called for the review of the policy by voting N1billion monthly instead of payment of N500m quarterly which they said would take 34 years to clear the outstanding .
Ayilara said “after this meeting we are taking our decision today. If we resolve to get out tomorrow, we will — tomorrow. But tomorrow may be very short because before we stage it, we are subjecting ourselves to three days fasting and prayer so that we shall call God to be on our side.
” We are not going to curse, but, every pronouncement, every covenant of God on anybody that is oppressing the poor, the needy, the widows, the aged, the orphans, that all those pronouncement will be on anybody contributing to our oppression.
“Today, we are going to start the fasting, on our conclusion today, immediately after the fasting, we are going out. All these celebrations ; Children Day, National Day, his assumption of office day, we are not concerned about all these. We have no concern. Nothing concerns us, when you keep oppressing us, oppressing the state.”
On the efforts made to get Abiodun’s attention , Ayilara said “we have written 12 letters now. The 10th one was given to him at the at the arcade on the Independence day ,he did not turn his attention.
“We are not going to give him any notice again. He will see us, with our mats, sleeping clothes, we will go to his office, let him kill us there. After all many of us are dying now very silently.”
Reacting, the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communication , Remmy Hazzan faulted the claim on the letters written without response .
Hassan however said the government would continue to engage the pensioners and ensure that the backlogs are cleared on time .
On the planned protest , Hassan said ” we will continue to engage them . We’re desirous of clearing the debts. We are not happy that they are not paid their entitlement .
“They have worked for it . But, the economic reality may not support it . At the time we are agreeing on the payment of N500m ,that as the economic reality .
“We are willing to engage them once we get the communication on the press conference .”