Thursday, 23 November 2017

Pensioners beneficiaries Protest As Retired Headmaster Commits Suicide Over Unpaid Gratuity In Osun

A resigned director in Osun State has hanged himself since he couldn't battle for his family – due to non-installment of his tip, Punch reports. 

It was assembled that the perished, Lukman Odewole, spouse and a tyke fell sick in the meantime yet he had no cash to take them to the healing center for treatment.

Following Odewole's passing, which happened in Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state, retired people in the state hit the roads on Wednesday, Nov. 22, to dissent non-installment of their annuities for 13 and-a-half months.

The nonconformists, who conveyed bulletins with different engravings hammering the Rauf Aregbesola-drove organization, walked to the well known Olaiya Junction where they tended to writers.

The beneficiaries, under the stage of 2011/2012 Forum of Retired Public Servants in Osun State, said the dissent was powered by the demise rate among their individuals, particularly the current one being the resigned director.

One of the pioneers of retired people gathering, Mr. Yemi Lawal, said Odewole submitted suicide in light of money related hardship.

He included that more than 2,500 retired people have passed on since 2013 as a result of default of their tips and benefits.

Lawal approached President Muhammadu Buhari to intercede, blaming the state government for occupying the mediation stores discharged by the Federal Government.

He stated:

"We are engaging President Buhari to spare us from Aregbesola. We are being owed benefits overdue debts of 13 and a half months and tips.

"Some of our individuals are wiped out, however there is no cash for treatment. We have lost more than 2,500 individuals since 2013 and one of our individuals in Ejigbo submitted suicide due to monetary hardship.

"We need the Federal Government to direct laborers and beneficiaries' review to know the correct number of retired people and specialists.

"We likewise beg the President not to pay facilitate intercession finance implied for compensation and annuity to Osun State Government in light of the fact that the cash will be occupied similarly as the past assets were redirected."

The Forum's Secretary, Mr. Sola Olojede likewise said that the resigned director slaughtered himself on September 29, 2017, at Masifa in Ejigbo due to the hardship caused by their unpaid benefits.

Yet, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, rubbished the tumult of the retired people, portraying it as political.

He stated:

"As an administration, we completely express that legislature has paid specialists and retired person fully informed regarding the regulated structure settled upon by the administration and the worker's organizations since 2015.

"Government does not owe any laborer or beneficiary in light of the tweaked installment conspire as the retired people have charged.

"We wish to put it on record that (Governor Rauf) Aregbesola expanded the sum being paid as annuity by 500 for each penny in 2011. The default of tip isn't impossible to miss to Osun; and the administration has demonstrated its status to pay the tip when the state's funds progress.

"It is on record that this gathering of retired people had, at one time or the other before, lied against the Government of the State of Osun; and in particular reference they had affirmed that administration gathered a tranche of the Paris Club discount and redirected it, just to have an entire month sit tight for the genuine arrival of the reserve."

In October, Buhari declared that the Federal Government discharged N1.64 trillion to states and nearby governments in the vicinity of 2015 and 2017 to empower them to pay extraordinary pay rates, annuities and private venture providers who had been everything except injured throughout the years.

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