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Pensioners give Sanwo-Olu, others 21-day ultimatum, threaten mass protest

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Retirees under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, across the six states of the South-West has issued a 21 days timeline to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu to settle all outstanding entitlements of pensioners in the state or face mass protests from members.

The Union gave the ultimatum at its secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during a south-west council meeting attended by zonal officers, state Chairmen and State Secretaries.

The retirees who also accused the Ekiti, Osun and Ogun State governments of shirking their financial responsibilities on gratuities and pension payment, advised the state governors to be compassionate to the senior citizens, as old age hazards and health challenges were bitter experiences among pensioners.

While tagging Lagos State as the most unfriendly government, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of the Union, Chief Olusegun Abatan, commended Akeredolu and his Oyo State counterpart, Engr Seyi Makinde as pensioners’ friendly governor for timely payment of their monthly pension since they assumed office.

They, however, urged them to be more proactive in settling accumulated gratuities.

The pensioners also called on the federal government to issue a circular on the implementation of pension increment in line with the 2018 minimum wage for workers.

On the controversy surrounding the resumption of some students amidst coronavirus pandemic, the NUP zonal officers advised the government to put in place preventive measures that would allow Primary 6, JSS and SSS 3 students to write theirs exams including WAEC exam.

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