We have put in place strategies to clear the backlog – government

By Ozoruva Aliu

BENIN CITY – CLOSING roads to Benin’s city center, popularly known as Ring Road, were filled with heavy traffic as retirees took over the city center to protest the non-payment of their tips since they retired.

Dressed in all-black attire, the seniors said the current government was not continuing payment of their tips from 2012, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s last government stopped. The Oshiomhole government started paying tips from 1998 to 2012 when he left office in 2016.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Amadin Okoro said: “We are saddened; many of us die. Many of us are not doing well, many of them should go for surgeries, not money. In addition to tips, local government retirees have been in arrears and owe their tips since 2008. But for the state, it has not paid since 2012 to date.

“Our appeal to the governor is that he pay us so that we can enjoy the fruits of our labor, which we have suffered for 35 years. To be honest, we receive our pension every month, but the crux of the matter is our tip.”

Another protester, Esther Ehigie, said she retired in 2012 and they were screened and invited to a meeting in 2017 where authority for payment called yellow paper was collected from them but their money was not paid.

Commenting on the development, Communications and Guidance Commissioner Chris Nehikhare said Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration has paid the tips of all those who have retired since he became governor and that provisions have already been made to clear the backlog. to work.

He said: “We have gone very far to address the backlog, we have promised the pensioners that we will pay their arrears, which we have done, we have promised that they will get their pension when they are due, we have we done , the third phase of that is getting rid of the back tips which is a huge sum of money we have a plan coming to fruition in the 2023 budget we’ve made provision to some of these tips and those retirees work have been placed in batches so that they can be paid for and this will be effectuated very soon. We are urging our retirees to exercise more patience and restraint as the issues are resolved.”

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