Two committees set up to look into the issues of pensioners in the state had completed their assignment but the state government failed to act.
Hundreds of pensioners in Kano State on Thursday staged a peaceful protest at Government House, demanding their retirement benefits from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration.
A video of the protest seen by SaharaReporters on Thursday shows the pensioners marching towards the Government House, chanting solidarity songs.
The senior citizens displayed placards with various inscriptions such as "Pensioners Are Sick" and "His Excellence...Islam Pay Us Our Retirement Benefits," appealing to Governor Ganduje to pay their retirement entitlements.
In 2019, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Alhaji Salisu Ahmed, lamented that over 3,000 pensioners who retired between 2016 and 2018 had not received their gratuities.
Ahmed who revealed this when he led other members of the union to pay a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, said the non-payment "has caused a lot of hardship to our members”.
He lamented that some of them had died “without getting their entitlements".
“This is worrisome and has become necessary for us to voice it out because many of them are going through a lot of challenges due to the non-payment of their entitlements.
“Therefore, we are calling on the Speaker to intervene on the issue so as to bring to an end the suffering of our members,” he said.
He explained that two committees set up to look into the issues of pensioners in the state had completed their assignment but the state government failed to act.
He also called on the state government to sell the houses allocated to them at some of the housing estates built by the previous administration as their members could not afford to pay N22 million for each of the houses allocated to them.
“We are calling on the state government to sell those houses which were built by the administration of the former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso with the pensioners’ funds," he said.
He identified the local government ministry and the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) as the major government parastatals that had yet to remit the pension deductions made for the civil servants.