Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
There was excitement in Rivers State at the weekend as the Government cleared over seven months pension arrears been owed pensioners in the state.
The pensioners in the state said the development was an uncommon magnanimity, adding that they could now foot their health and other bills.
The senior citizens had lamented over the failure of the government to pay their pensions as at when due and officially wrote the governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who ordered for Biometric Verification Exercise for all the beneficiaries.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the state Chairman of Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Edward Abibo, stated that the governor had saved the pensioners from dying.
Abibo, who thanked the governor for fulfilling his promise, stated that the governor paid their arrears from April to October, 2016.
He urged all pensioners in the state to give the governor kudos, stating that the beneficiaries would support the administration of governor Wike through prayers.
“The executives and entire members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Rivers State Council, most heartily thank Governor Nyesom Wike for his sincerity of purpose and being a man of his words for paying the backlog of monthly pension arrears from April to October, 2016.
“The Rivers State Pensioners are therefore, very elated that their tears were wiped off as they could meet up with their medical bills associated with old age and also meet up with family needs as well as educational responsibilities for their children.”
Abibo, however, tasked Wike to attend to the issues of pension increase which the body had presented before him.