Pensioners under the aegis of the Association of Retirees and PFA Pensioners in Lagos State, on Wednesday, accused the Lagos State government of pension arrears to retirees to the tune of N30 billion covering payment due to retirees in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Besides, the aggrieved retirees also accused the state government of poor planning of the Ilera Eko Health Initiative, saying the scheme had no provision for senior citizens.
Mr. Michael Omisande, the Chairman of the Association Of Retirees and PFA Pensioners disclosed this during a press briefing held at the NUT Hall, Baptist Primary School, Oshodi, Lagos.
He described the association as members that belonged to the pension scheme known as Contributory Pension Scheme introduced to Lagos State workers in 2007 and pensioners that have received their entitlement and presently earning monthly pensions.
He lamented that since January 2019 when the association was formed to assuage the suffering of retirees in the state, not much has been achieved as members have been afflicted with stroke, diabetes, blindness, lameness, kidney issues, financial embarrassment and eventual death due to paucity of fund to seek good health care.
“As we are addressing this world press conference, the Lagos State Government is indebted to the retirees with over N30 Billion. Retirees who retired in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are yet to be paid. Many in this category are dead, sick of various ailments; many have been evicted from their apartments as they could not pay rents and foot their bills.
“On this issue, this Association has written several letters to the Lagos State Governor to draw his attention to the ugly situation as he may not know.
“On February 11, 2019, this Association held a meeting with the Lagos State Government in which the Governor was represented by Mr. Muri Okunola the Head of Service. The Head of Service regretted the sufferings meted on the retirees and promised to do the needful.
The association accused Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of keeping mute on the plight of pensioners in the state, saying correspondences addressed to the office of the governor were not attended to.