Hundreds of retired civil servants, under the umbrella of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Benue State, yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Makurdi.
They accused Benue State government of ill-treatment by not paying them their entitlement for more than 32 months.
Benue State government is owning the state pensioners 32 months and local government 74 months, Chairman of NUP , Benue State Chapter , Comrade Akoso Orban, revealed during interview.
As a result of non-payment of pension and gratuity, pensioners are dying on a daily bases as most of them are on special diet and drugs, but could not afford such maintenance diet or drugs. In effect, they are dying.
Because of hardship occasioned by nonpayment of our pension and gratuity, pensioners have lost their wives to Okada Boys because we are no longer economically productive enough to cater for them, said Orban.
He called on the state government to urgently pay them as they have huge responsibility.
There was traffic gridlock for several hours from High-Level Roundabout to Mr. B Roundabout in Makurdi as the pensioners protest and match through, accompanied by heavy security personnel.
As the time of filing the report, the state government was yet to react.