Pensioners under the umbrella of Abia Concerned Pensioners protested over unpaid pension and gratuities owed them on Thursday.
The pensioners in a statement signed by its chairman, Amaugo Daniel and secretary, Okezie Emeka, expressed their grievances over the arrears owed them.
They claimed to be owed a backlog of pensions arrears over a period of 32 months from 2014 till date.
The statement further revealed that the pensioners were owed gratuity for 19 years, and non-harmonisation of pensions from 1998-2010.
The pensioners who were clad in black chanted solidarity songs and lamented that the least paid pensioner in the state receives N500 monthly.
The statement partly read, “We have been dehumanized and subjected to unimaginable deaths, chronic sicknesses and unfilled promises by the state government
“That is why we embarked on a statewide prayer summit/protest to inform Abians and the world, in general, of the inhuman treatment we are facing since 1998 -2019.”
Recall that Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, had pleaded with pensioners and other workers in the state to be patient with him over the pensions and salaries owed them during a statewide broadcast to mark the 28th anniversary of the creation of the state on August 27th.
He had promised the pensioners and workers that his administration was taking steps to pay them.
He said, “Let me use this opportunity to plead with pensioners for their patience as steps are being taken to ensure a more efficient pensions administration regime in Abia State”.