Pensioners in Imo State on Tuesday, took to the streets of Owerri to protest the State Government’s inability to pay their pensions and gratuities since February.
Carrying placards with different words expressing their frustration, the retirees accused the Governor Hope Uzodinma led administration of not being sensitive.
The pensioners blocked the state Government house roundabout, after failed attempts to go into the State house. They were met with stiff resistance by security personnel who formed a barricade.
Briefing journalists, Mr Iyke Ohaneje, who introduced himself as Chairman, Imo State Pensioners Intervention Committee, said that all efforts the association made to receive their pensions and gratuities had been frustrated by the office of the Accountant General of the State.
Ohaneje said, ” We are not here to protest. We have come to beg for alms from the people of Imo State hence the government has refused to pay us our pensions since February. We are not begging the government for any money. We are asking the government to pay us our pension which is money we earned”.
Me Ohaneje complained that they have been shot at while exercising their right to protest.
“Just the other day, a Civil Defence officer at the accountant general’s office shot at us while we went to demand our pensions. He shot at us because he has a small gun whereas this is an officer who is supposed to be civil”.
He further called on journalists, lawyers and Bishops to help come to their aid, so as they can be paid their allowances.