Osun State Government Should Pay Retirees By Kola Ibrahim

By Kola Ibrahim

This is calling on the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Osun State to immediately commence the payment of outstanding pension and pension arrears of retirees in the state. Currently, some sections of the retirees have been processed without being paid a dime, while several others such as retirees from primary schools have not even been processed at all, thus putting their fate in the balance. Many of these retirees who have retired for more than six months now are struggling to survive, especially as the harsh economic situations, generated by the anti-poor, neo-liberal policies of governments at all levels, have continued to bite harder. If government is campaigning for virtuous behavior among its workforce, it should ensure that their lives after service are not made miserable through willful neglect by political officers.

Many of these pensioners were forced to retire through a dubious policy introduced in 2009 by the defunct government of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, but implemented by the current government since 2010. This policy compelled all workers who have used close to thirty years in service to compulsorily retire if they are to be enrolled in the government’s pension scheme; otherwise they are condemned to the exploitative contributory pension scheme that deduct from workers’ salaries but only ensure meager pensions that are fractions of what government will pay. Worse still, based on the instability of the financial and business markets coupled with the profit-driven agenda of private pension mortgage and banking organizations, the pensions from contributory system are not secured.
 
Consequently, many workers were forced to retire in order to get a government secured pension. Unfortunately, more than six months after, pensions are still unpaid. This is simply unfair, especially when viewed against the background of the enormous amount committed to salaries, allowances and other official perks of political officers. Of course, the governor, during the last May Day claimed the government had commenced the payment of pensions; it seems this assertion is mere political statement. It is only virtuous for the governor to translate his statement to reality by paying the retirees promptly. Many of them still have dependants, including children who are still schooling.

Labour unions, not only in Osun State, but across the country should take proactive measures to fight for these retirees.

They are part of the working class, which labour movement is morally and historically bound to defend. Pension union should also stop playing the ostrich by using the excuse that these retirees have not been integrated into the payroll as alibi for not defending them. This is simply shallow. Interestingly, labour leaders are members of a pension committee setup by the government some months ago, yet, many retirees are still suffering. Workers have an inalienable right to living pension without any deduction from their salaries. The contributory pension system is an attempt to generate profit for private big business while excusing government from its statutory responsibility, all at the expense of workers and retirees.

Kola Ibrahim (08059399178, kmarx4life@gmail.com)
Osun State Secretary, Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR)

 

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The unforgetable hardship moment in the State of Osun

sir, kudos to you for this wonderful job. I'm a victim of the hardship period. my mum died on Feb 2009 while on active service. i graduated 2010 and applied for job in my noble state but not given the chance through Mr. Ogbeni strange job procedure which makes me ricks my life on the express Lagos to Osogbo twice. the pension have not been paid and the job i wasn't given any appointment. Is this how a state is being run in other state both at local and international level?

Pay OYES cadet

It's been five month (stiil counting) that the AREGBE administration has refused to pay the new set of OYES cadet. I wonder what sort of youth empowerment he is doin,when he refuse to pay the token due to the cadet.

PENSION NOT PAID IN OYO STATE 8 MONTHS COUNTING

I AM SO FED UP AND SAD FOR OUR GENERATION.THEY TAUGHT OUR GENERATION FOR 35 YEARS IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ALL OVER OYO STATE. OUR AGED IN THEIR 70S, 80S, 90S AND 100S NOT PAID THEIR PENSION AND MADE TO SUFFER ALL OVER THE PLACE IN OYO STATE. THEIR SEPT 2012 PENSION WAS PAID IN DEC 2012 AND NOTHING IN 2013, 9 MONTHS counting). THESE OLD AND FRAIL PEOPLE ARE DYING OF HUNGER FOR NO FAULT OF THEIRS. THEY WERE TOLD BY MR ADEKOJO (OF PRIMARY SCHOOL LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION BOARD) IN IBADAN SECRETARIAT AT THEIR ORGANISED PROTEST THAT THEY WILL NOT BE PAID UNTILL THE GOVT IS ABLE TO RECORVER STOLEN PENSION FROM THE PENSION THEIVES WHO ARE ALREADY ON THE RUN. I BELIEVE THESE OLD PEOPLE'S STORY ABOUT MR ADEKOJO'S STATEMENT AND I AM NOT SURPRISED. BUT IS THAT IS THE INTENTION OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT, THEN IT IS UNFORTUNATE AND MAKES THIS GOVERNMENT ANTI-PEOPLE AND INSENSITIVE. LETS TAKE CARE OF OUR OLD PEOPLE FOR GOD'S SAKE.