Wike Has Neglected His State Over Presidential Ambition, Rivers Pensioners Cry Out.
Hundreds of pensioners in Rivers State maintained their peaceful protest on Wednesday against the State Government’s failure to pay their pensions and gratuities.
The pensioners had previously assembled at the State Government Secretariat, singing gospel hymns and praises, praying for God’s intervention to touch the heart of Governor Nyesom Wike, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful.
According to our correspondent, after the intercessory prayers, the pensioners, some of whom appeared fragile due to illness and old age, carried placards with varied inscriptions.
They marched from the State Secretariat to Government House in Port Harcourt, demanding pensions and gratuities.
Some of the inscriptions read: “Gov Wike, pay us our money before campaigning to be President”, “Gov Wike pay us our Pension and Gratuities before Presidential ambition”, and “Rivers Gov. One year after, where’s our tripartite agreement?” “Have fear of God, pay us after 35 years of service” and others.
Mr. Ijeoma Samuel, the Director-General of Rivers State Pensions Board, addressed the pensioners, explaining that Wike had approved payment for around 1,000 retirees whose biometrics had been recorded by the state government.
He also revealed that the payment of arrears beginning in May 2022 will be done in chronological order, so that those who retired earlier would be paid first.