Retired individuals within the state of Niger have protested in opposition to unpaid pensions and suggestions and have blocked the federal government constructing of the state of Niger.
The retirees, who weren’t deterred by the rain, protested Monday from the commerce union secretariat exterior the federal government constructing in Minna.
That they had placards that learn, ‘Non-payment of pension will not be acceptable’, ‘Retirees reside for it’, ‘No tip, no pension, no vote 2023 ‘ , ‘we are going to occupy till Lolo pays’, and others.
One of many protesters, Ibrahim Mahmud, who spoke to the secretary of the state authorities, Ahmed Matane, stated they’ve misplaced many pensioners resulting from a scarcity of funds to cowl medical prices.
He instructed the SSG that the state authorities was insensitive to the plight of pensioners and added that they’ve been deserted regardless of a number of bailouts and Paris membership funds the state had acquired.
“The state has acquired the Paris membership fund and rescue funds and we’ve not benefited from them. You’ve got made nice submissions and also you count on us to go dwelling and wait. How lengthy would we wait? Your submissions are removed from fixing our issues, none of our issues are solved.
“Take your time. We’re decided. We’re not going again dwelling. We are going to stand on the gate till we get cash as a result of the state will not be prepared to pay us,” stated Mahmud
He added: “We not settle for fee of suggestions by share. Our brothers, sisters and fogeys are dying, we’re dying and we’ve no cash to feed our households, pay lease or deal with ourselves after we are sick.
“The federal government has allow us to down. We misplaced two of our retirees this morning, all as a result of they don’t have any cash to deal with themselves.
“Mr SSG, please inform the governor that our protest will proceed till we’ve a concrete answer earlier than we finish the protest. We’ve got greater than 10,000 retirees on the bottom and we are going to occupy the federal government constructing till we’re paid.”
The SSG denied to the federal government data of retirees who haven’t paid their pensions and suggestions, including that the federal government is searching for funds to generate funds to resolve pension points within the state.
He additional assured that the pension challenge could be resolved earlier than the tip of the month.
“There are numerous anomalies within the state pension system that we are attempting to repair. There are ghost retirees, there are retirees who’re underpaid, there are retirees who’re taking greater than they need to, there are people who find themselves retired however haven’t acquired a pension, and there’s no satisfactory information on retirees on the degree of the native authorities.
“The federal government doesn’t deliberately harm retirees. It does its greatest throughout the obtainable sources. If there’s a surplus of cash, the federal government places it into pensions.
“Please give us time, earlier than the tip of this month nd we are going to resolve your issues,” Matane pleaded.