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Monday, January 17, 2022

We are Dying of Poverty – Retired Teachers

Retired Primary School Teachers in Akoko area of Ondo state have expressed their displeasure on mode of payment of their monthly pensions in recent time by the Ondo State government.

They said, it was without considerations with their age as senior citizens, health status and lack of jobs for their children coupled with backlog of unpaid gratuity since 2011.

According to them, they  have been dying in sequence due to non-charlatan attitudes of past and the present governments.

The senior citizens noted that it is true that federal allocation to states had reduced leading to payment of emolument on monthly percentage.

However, they noted that this method should not have been extended to pensioners but serving officers who are still very agile and active in service.

Spokesmen to the group, Chief Lawal Obaalejo and Chief Seriki Awesu said the situation of the percentage payment had brought untold hardship to them as many  are on drugs that are very expensive.

They said “feeding is very expensive, of recent DSTV increases monthly subscription by almost 40 percent, while plans are underway to increase electricity tariff, all these and many others including high transport fares are killing us” Retirees lamented.

Another respondent and female retired teacher, Florence Osayintuyi from Irun-Akoko who retired in 2011 said “up till today, her gratuity has not been paid likewise that of many of her colleagues.

They urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to consider their plights, saying many of them are dying of old age ailments, poverty and hopelessness.


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