By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has dragged Governor Abiola Ajimobi and others to court over unpaid N 42. 3 billion pensions and gratuities to its members across the state.
Others dragged to court alongside Governor Ajimobi are the Attorney -General of the state, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters , Commissioner for Finance , Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission and Accountant -General of the state,”
Oyo state NUP Mr Gbadegesin Akande who disclosed this on Monday at a press conference Ibadan maintained that the suit was as a result of the failure of the present administration in the state to see to the plight of pensioners in the state.
“The union had written an uncountable number of letters , held several press conferences and protests to register the plight of the senior citizens in the state . To this government , our protest is mere drama. Our union has decided to take the Oyo State government to court over unpaid N42 .3 billion in gratuities and pensions.” he said.
According to the NUP Chairman, the union is also accusing Governor Ajimobi of being ” mischievous by going to the media to announce that money had been released for the payment of backlog of pensions owed pensioners when indeed the present government was owing the pensioners huge amount of money”
Emphasizing that the share of the pensioners in the N9.7billion released by the Oyo state government was less than one per cent, the NUP Chairman accused Governor Ajimobi of claiming that the alleged theft of N6 .5 billion pension funds during the administration of former governor Adebayo Alao- Akala was responsible for the accumulated debt .
The NUP stressed that Governor Ajimobi should subtract the amount from the N42. 3 billion presently owed pensioners and pay the balance, saying, “,in the first instance , it ( the theft ) did not happen during the present regime.”.
” If you owe N42 .3 billion and you don ’t want to account for the stolen money , why don ’t you pay the remaining N 35. 8 bn if the welfare of the pensioners is paramount to you? The first term of this government was rosy in term of fund and 13 th month was paid to workers . Such largesse was never extended to the pensioners “
Mr Akande added ” the alleged sin of these retired primary school teachers and council retirees is that they did not vote for this government in 2011 and 2015. Another election is coming in 2019, how do you persuade more than 16, 000 retired primary school teachers and council retirees , and their dependants to vote for a government that had turned them into nonentities ?”