By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Pensioners on Thursday being the second day of their protest defiled rain and baricated the gate to Government House Makurdi, insisting that they can only downtool their protest if 6 months of their pension arrears and gratuity is paid to them by the Government.
They also maintained that by the way they are dying on daily basis for their inability to foot their medical bills, pay children school fees and provide basic needs in their various homes.
The chairman of the Benue State Pensioners Comrade Peter Kyado revealed this to Nigerian NewsDirect, stated that the government of Benue State did not have the plight of the retirees at heart as manifested in the payment of one month pension out of 25 months pension arrears during the protest yesterday.
“They have the one month to pay us but they did not pay us,we even served them with our protest letter to embark on a peaceful protest on Wednesday no response until we commenced the protest yesterday then some of the Pensioners started receiving one month pension alert is that proper” Kyado questioned.
The chairman told Nigerian NewsDirect that no going back on the protest unless the 6 months demands by the Pensioners is meet.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that despite heavy rain fall that last for hours the Pensioners where still in the rain at the gate of Government House Makurdi.
NND further revealed that the Pensioners are not allowing allowing Government House staff access to Government House as well as the Chanese investors housed in Government House where sent back by the Pensioners yesterday.
Kyado also stated that the Governor, State Secretary to the Government, Chief of Staff alongside the entire Executive Council are in Abuja for the security meeting between Benue and Taraba States as no official has come out to address the Pensioners.
He insisted that Benue Pensioners must see the Governor face to face for their grievances and are not bordered to sleep at the gate of government house for the third day.