Cross River Pensioners To Occupy Govt House Over Unpaid Gratuities
Over five thousand local government Retirees in Cross River state have expressed their readiness to occupy all government offices in the state if the state government fails to pay them their nine billion naira pension and gratuity arrears.
Chairman, Association of Local Government Pensioners in the State, Bassey Okosin who stated this at a news briefing in Calabar, said the debt was owed over a period of 11 years.
He said the association has given the governor Ben Ayade-led administration a one month ultimatum within which it must begin to pay the gratuity and pension arrears owed them at least between 2007 to 2018.
He expressed displeasure over the neglect of local government retirees in the state and emphasised that they would embark on a protest on or after February 16.
The local government retirees also asked the Governor to account for two tranches of the Paris club refund whose purpose was to pay Salaries, Pension and gratuities, but, no single local government retiree has been paid.