By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Nigerian Association for the Blind, Kaduna State Chapter has appealed to Kaduna State Government to as a matter of urgency, pay the entitlements of their recent retired members to ease their hardship.
Speaking to journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Secretariat, of Kaduna State Council, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Malam Ismail Abubakar said that about 30 of their members were issued with retirement and sack letters.
He lamented that most of their members attended vocational training centers both in Kaduna and Lagos states and they have not reached the age of retirement in civil service, but were issued with retirement letters while other members were sacked.
Malam Ismail Abubakar further explained that sacking and retiring of their members would force them into street begging dispite the fact that there are existing laws against begging in the state.
The Public Relations Officer explained that about 60 of their members that were sacked and retired in 2016 are yet to receive their entitlements.
He appealed to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai to come to their aid, looking at their condition as the heads of their families and this holy month of Ramàdan to pay their entitlement and reverse the decision of sacking of workers in the state.
In an interview, Abdulhameed Yakubu from Kaduna North and Malam Ibrahim Rabiu from Zaria Local Government Area lamented that they were retired in 2016 and their entitlements have not been paid up to date.
Malam Ibrahim Rabiu explained that from 2016 to date, he lost both his wife and a daughter due to inability to pay for blood transfusion of his daughter.
He added that now he is homeless because his landlord handed him with a quit notice letter.
Among the victims of this April retirement, Hauwa Hassan who worked for 26 years at Kaduna North Local Government Area, said she accepted the retirement in good faith but appealed to the government to pay them their entitlements on time in order to go into businesses to take care of school fees of their childrens and their feeding.