By Andy Chukwu
Hundreds of pensioners in Benue State have vowed not to leave the premises of the State Government House in Makurdi unless the state government settles the arrears of their 25 months entitlements, which runs into the N23million.
The protest started on Wednesday afternoon was led by Mr. Peter Ikyado Chairman of the Concerned Pensioners.
The pensioners carried different placards bearing bold inscriptions like: “Ortom, pay us our 25 months pension arrears” and “gratuity, enough is enough”.
“Starting from today, we shall be sleeping in Government House with the Benue State Governor until he pays our pension arrears and gratuities”
The visibly angry pensioners, who marched from the High Level Roundabout to Government House, carried sleeping mats with pillows and green leaves and promised to continue to sleep at the gate for days until they are paid.
The pensioners are angry that within the period they were not paid, many of their members who were wallowing in penury and neglect had died, while those still living are finding it difficult to feed their families, pay school fees of their children and access medical facilities.