Forum of retired primary school teachers and next of kin of dead primary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State have appealed to the State Government to commence the payment of backlog of pension and gratuities owed them in order to improve their living conditions.
Speaking during Planet FM’s flagship programme “the people’s parliament’, representatives of the body, Benson Benjamin and Eno Kenneth said the failure of the government to pay the wages owed them since 2011 has brought untold hardship towards the retirees and the next of kin of some deceased.
According to them, means of survival has been difficult coupled with the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on them as there have been no help or palliatives whatsoever from the government.
While stating that their issues ranges from, backlogs of pension, gratuities, contributory 7.5 percent pension amongst other entitlements, they people again appealed to the state government to as a matter of urgency begin at least a batch by batch payment of their entitlements.
IN THE MEANTIME; Akwa Ibom state government has assured the Forum of retired primary school teachers and next of kin of dead primary school teachers in the state of its commitment to addressing their challenges.
The head of service of the state, Elder Effiong Essien who gave the assurance when he spoke with planet news said government is planning to interface with the forum after the lockdown order occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic to reach an agreement with them on ways to fulfill their demands and upgrade their records.
On the issue of the 7.5 percent contributory pension, Elder Essien stated that the policy was hereditary, adding that the refund was suspended before the present administration took over office because of the issues that had surrounded the refunds. He however assured that the government is working on a template to begin the payment.
By Jane Uwa
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