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We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

Pensioners from the South-East geopolitical zone have requested that the Federal Government order the governors of the area to pay all outstanding pensioner arrears with immediate effect.

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As a means of enforcement, the retirees petitioned the federal government to withdraw the states’ monthly federal allotments for the zone.

The call was made in a communiqué by a delegation of pensioners from the five South-East states on Saturday after their one-day delegate conference in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

A copy of the communique was made available to our correspondent, by the Anambra State Chairman of the National Union of Pensioners, Comrade Anthony Ugozor, in Awka.

The group suggested that any South-East governor, who failed to comply, should be removed from office or probably be suspended from office indefinitely.

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The pensioners in a four-point communiqué, the pensioners said it would equally consider mounting pressure on the Federal Government as a reminder of non-compliance by state governors to the existing constitutional provisions.

It said, “Let the Federal Government use both the exclusive and concurrent legislative powers they have to prescribe sanctions to the erring state governors who flout constitutional provisions as enacted by the Federal Government.

We Are Starving To Death, South-East Pensioners Lament

“On the other hand, let us mount pressure on our NUP national headquarters to reiterate nonpayment of pensioners’ gratuities and other benefits due to pensioners so that we may attract prompt action from them.”

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The group lamented that it is quite worrisome that the South-East governors have been telling the pensioners to wait till when the economy would improve but according to them, “we do not know when the economy would improve or when they would agree that the economy has actually improved”.


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