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Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by BafanaBafana: 9:36pm On Sep 09
Protesting Benue State pensioners on Sunday held a prayer session at the Government House’s gate, Markurdi, over unpaid N25bn pension arrears and gratuities.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the prayer session organised by Concerned Pensioners, reports that the senior citizens had, since September 4, been sleeping under rain and sunshine at the gate to drive home their demand.

NAN reports that the pensioners are demanding payment of over 20 months’ pension arrears and gratuity, amounting to N25bn owed them by the state government.

Reading from the Bible in the book of 1st Kings, chapter 12, verses 3 to 10, while preaching a sermon, Pastor John Awaodi urged the pensioners not to give up hope.

He said that God was with them since they were demanding their legitimate income.

Addressing the pensioners at the prayer session, their Leader, Mr. Peter Ikyado, said they were not tired and would continue to sleep at the gate until paid.

Ikyado urged them to be steadfast and pray fervently.

He earlier told newsmen that over 500 pensioners in the state had died due to lack of food and proper medication.

“We are senior citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Our motto says, ‘Enjoyment After Retirement,’ but in this case, it is suffering after retirement,” he said.

Gov. Samuel Ortom had, while addressing the pensioners on Friday, said that his administration would have to seek an overdraft of N611m to be able to complete the shortfalls from the April 2018 and May 2018 unpaid pension arrears.

He gave the assurance that the money would be paid by September 10.

Ortom said that his administration inherited unpaid pension arrears of over N34bn, with outstanding gratuities of over N17bn.

He said that although his administration was able to make significant efforts in the payment of the arrears of pensions and gratuities, the government was still owing over N20bn.

He said that his administration also moved a step further by signing into law the PENCOM Bill and constituted the state Pensions Commission in an effort to find lasting solutions to the non-payment of pension and gratuities.

Ortom apologised to the senior citizens for the inability of the government to pay their entitlement as and when due.

The governor said that the government was working to get a N40bn bond to address some of the challenges facing the state.

NAN reports that the pensioners have, however, refused to move away from the government house in spite of the governor’s promises.

https://punchng.com/benue-pensioners-hold-church-service-at-government-house-gate-vow-to-stay-until-paid/

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by PureGoldh(m): 9:43pm On Sep 09
Chai

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Nukilia: 10:12pm On Sep 09
Useless government!

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by GavelSlam: 10:24pm On Sep 09
Ortom, is this because of Fulani herdsmen?

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by BafanaBafana: 10:51pm On Sep 09
Ortom said he inherited 25 month arrears, meanwhile the former governor said he only owed 6 month arrears. Can you beleive that Ortom used to come and preach to us in the university back in the days before he became governor.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Sirjamo: 11:18pm On Sep 09
A governor that made political fortune from the unfortunate killing of his people by displaying their cops to the whole world.


There was no other way he could have been reelected after such a miserable first term!

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by generationz(f): 1:14am On Sep 10
sad

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by speaktome(m): 1:18am On Sep 10
In Mama P's voice,

There is God oooooooo









#MySignature
#MyBusiness

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by iCauseTrouble: 1:19am On Sep 10
Hmmmm. Hustle o shocked

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by kayusely70(m): 1:26am On Sep 10
Most states are insolvent and should be merged to save them from total collapse.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Hameex(m): 1:28am On Sep 10
Make Orton too pay them there salary now..which kind wicked governor him

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by nairalandankrah: 1:33am On Sep 10
Oh my nation my nation, by 2023, this same people I see sitting there, would still choose a bag of rice over a credible candidate... Abi is it not Nigerians again

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Validated: 1:35am On Sep 10
I wholeheartedly support these pensioners. Other pensioners should adopt this same approach.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Crazeworld(m): 1:42am On Sep 10
Una never see anything, shebi na una vote am again. Ortom don tell una say him no dey owe anybody say make una go meet Governor Buhari grin

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by owolabi5: 1:43am On Sep 10
THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COLLECT THINGS IN THIS DEMMOCRAzY IF NOT, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by JohnFrankling(m): 1:44am On Sep 10
NYESOM WIKE of Rivers state have not paid gratuity since he came into office as the Governor of Rivers State and he haven't even started paying some Pensioners who have completed their verification process.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by nwafor1(m): 1:44am On Sep 10
grin grin
Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by seunfly: 1:47am On Sep 10
OK ooo, I hope it is not because of APC again?
When someone told me orthom knew about the so called Fulani killings in his state, I questioned the person's sanity, however the way the killing disappeared after his re-election made me think twice.

The next round of fulani killings in benue state will be towards the end of his tenure so that he can see some to campaign since their is no infrastructure to point to.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by nonye6194: 1:52am On Sep 10
The level of neglect and abadonment meted out by some state governments to their present and retired civil servants is one of the many reasons the civil service is a no no for me

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by salford1: 2:00am On Sep 10
Too bad. How can you deduct pension from peoples earnings for years and refuse to pay them after retirement most likely due to embezzlement.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Tersorio(m): 2:01am On Sep 10
Ortom can't pinpoint to anything as his achievement throughout his four years as governor of Benue state

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by LoveDecay(m): 2:08am On Sep 10
JohnFrankling:
NYESOM WIKE of Rivers state have not paid gratuity since he came into office as the Governor of Rivers State and he haven't even started paying some Pensioners who have completed their verification process.

Rivers is a Christian state. In Christianity when slapped on the left cheek offer the right on good faith.

Rivers workers should be Christlike

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by LoveDecay(m): 2:10am On Sep 10
Tersorio:
Ortom can't pinpoint to anything as his achievement throughout his four years as governor of Benue state

What about defeating the fulani herdsmen?
Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by webshopNG: 2:21am On Sep 10
Our leaders are just wicked

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by brexit: 2:26am On Sep 10
Is it because APC members are taking money from you, that was your reason for non performance hitherto, you are not a good leader like some of your PDP governors in the other states, share the money is what you people know, shame on you

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Kay512: 3:11am On Sep 10
After working rigorously for 35 years, this is all you get. 9ja na wa o.


Here's a list of 45 visa free countries for Nigerians.

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Vic74real: 3:14am On Sep 10
No this is the worst.Naija politicians.dem get heart o to allow these senior citizens suffer like this

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Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Kendumazy(m): 3:17am On Sep 10
OK
Re: Benue Pensioners Hold Church Service At Govt House Gate, Vow To Stay Until Paid by Sweetcollins: 3:21am On Sep 10
Drastic situation demands drastic measure

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