Osun state pensioners under the umbrella of 2011/2012 pensioners forum had once again taken up the state governor Rauf Aregbesola over his inability to pay up their pension, gratuities and salary arrears as alleged.
The pensioners at a press conference in Osogbo the Osun state capital also took the commissioner for information and strategy Lani Baderinwa to the cleaners for allegedly calling pensioners nuisance.
Chairman of the pensioners forum Omoniyi Ilesanmi said they decided to celebrate Aregbesola’s 3rd year in office in his failure to meet the various demands of pensioners and senior citizens.
“Ogbeni Rauf has to be celebrated for being the first governor in Osun state to owe Pensioners Gratuity of between 2008 and 2012 without any consideration for their welfare. Ogbeni Aregbesola is being celebrated for his resolve to rehabilitate roads at one billion naira per kilometre at the expense of Pensioners’ lives.”
The pensioners also accused the governor for sending hoodlums after them at their last protest saying the governor who defaulted in paying the outstanding arrears of pensioners was however able to pay the severance package of his former commissioners and aides who served for just three years to the tune of fifty million Naira per person.
The forum of Pensioners thus ask governor Rauf Aregbesola to pay up the outstanding gratuity,pension and salary arrears with immediate stoppage of half pension and salary. He was also asked to begin full payment of monthly pension and salary without delay. These they say may change “the perceptions of people towards Rauf Aregbesola’s government as that which witnessed the highest number of protests in the history of Osun state.”
Efforts to speak with the commissioner for information and strategy Lani Baderinwa as at the time of filing this report proved abortive as he was said to be in a crucial meeting ,promising to get back as soon as he leaves the meeting.