ByÂ Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State yesterday lamented what it described as the unfair treatment of pensioners by officials of the state Pensions Board.
It also described the ten months administration of Action Congress (AC) government as â€œfull of jamborees and long speechesâ€.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Nosa Adams, the party said it was wrong for the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to subject pensioners who had served the state meritoriously nto queuingÂ up for days before receiving their pensions.
But reacting swiftly, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Abdul Oroh, said the state government had been trying its best to meet up its obligations to the pensioners.
It added that government had set aside N50 million monthly to clear the arrears that accumulated during the PDP-led administrations of Lucky Igbinedion and Osunbor, but noted that all those who had retired during this administration got their pay immediately.
But the PDPÂ asserted that â€œa situation where the state government continued to subject elder statesmen to barbaric and derogatory treatment was most unfortunate and unkind.
â€œAs far as we are concerned, the 10 months of Oshiomholeâ€™s administration have been full of promises, jamborees and long speeches,â€ said the PDP.
The party insisted that pensioners in the state got fairer treatment during the 18 months of Professor Oserheimen Osunbor as governor of the state, stressing that â€œ the people of the state are yet to see the dividends of democracy being preached by the governor.
â€œWith the huge revenue accruing to the state from the federation account and internally generated sources, one would expect the Comrade governor to sit up and provide the people of Edo state with the much needed democratic dividends and stop paying lip service to the provision of social, economic and infrastructural development of Edo state,â€ it added.