Osagie Otabor, Benin
Pensioners who retired from primary schools in Edo State on Thursday held a peaceful protest through the streets of Benin City, the Edo State capital to thank Governor Godwin Obaseki for prompt payment of pension and gratuity.
The pensioners carried placards with inscriptions such as “Obaseki is God sent”, “We believe in Obaseki”, “Obaseki has surprised us”.
Chairman of the pensioners, Mr. Idemudia Wilfred, said the protest was to appreciate Governor Obaseki ‘for his all embracing style of governance which has entrenched human face in the administration of Edo State.’
Mr. Idemudia stated that Obaseki has engendered unquantifiable growth and development in all spheres of the state’s economy particularly in the education sector which is their immediate constituency.
Idemudia said they retired from the state public service on June 6th, 2019 and to their greatest surprise, the payment of their pension commenced immediately which was a departure from the age long tradition.
According to him, “The transformation in the primary school system through the EDOBEST programme, the revival of technical and vocational education, provision of modern learning infrastructure, the training and re-training of teachers amongst other initiative now emulated by other states in Nigeria will help create a formidable human capital.
“Our primary purpose is to express our profound gratitude for the prompt of our pension.
“It ia observed that primary school pensioners earn less than their counterparts given the fact that our pension was prepared with the 2014 salary structure while others had theirs prepared with the consolidated 2016 salary structure. We are appealing that this should be harmonised.”
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