Pensioners in Osun State have staged a peaceful demonstration in Osogbo, Osun state capital to demand payment of 15 months arrears of pension owed them by the state government.
The protesters carried banners with inscriptions like “EFCC should probe Aregbesola,” “Retirees are dying”, “Pension, Gratuity is our right,” among others.
The pensioners, in their hundreds, took over the popular Olaiya junction and other major streets in Osogbo on Tuesday and prevented vehicular movements.
They chanted anti-government songs and urged Governor Gboyega Oyetola to pay them their arrears.
They called on the state government to be sensitive to their plights by paying their arrears saying that many of them had died of suffering and hunger.
Speaking, the chairman of Forum of 2011/2012 Pensioners, Mr. Yemi Lawal, declared that Osun’s retirees were the most traumatized in the country.
Lawal lamented that the since the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola came to power, nothing was yet to be done about retirees’ entitlements.
He said the administration of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola was insensitive to the welfare of pensioners in the state and called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate how Aregbesola spent the bail out funds he got.
When contacted for reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oyetola, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina did not pick call.