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Nasarawa pensioners decry removal from pay roll

By David Odama

PENSIONERS  in Nasarawa State have  decried  the untold hardship being experienced due to the decision of the state government to delist their names from the Payment Voucher (PV).

File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement

It will be recalled that the the Director-General of State Pension Bureau, Abubakar Oseze had  on November   2018 removed the names of  over 1, 000 pensioners from Pay voucher (PV) for dragging the  state government to Industrial Court in Makurdi.

The pensioners who spoke , said they could not explained why a government they  faithfully served for 35-years would treat them with discontent.

One of the pensioners,  Abdukarim muhammed said “life has not been easy for us   since  government stopped our  monthly pension in 2018. Today, we  can barely  pay  our their  medical bills, children  fees among others.”

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Similarly, Mrs Rose Abaka, another pensioners noted that “it is only  by the grace of God that  she is  alive. The future of our children is doomed as we cannot  afford  to cater for their needs since it  has  become a crime for a pensioner to seek for redress in the court that the government would treat us as less human.”

On his parts, Simon Auna a retiree raisede the alarm   that “if urgent steps are not taken to help us, the pensioners, almost all of us will die due to hardship and hunger.”

According to him,  from the reports we  are receiving, over 15 of  of our colleagues  have died from the time our  names were removed from the PV to date.”

When contacted, the DG,  pension bureau, Abubakar Oseze confirmed the delisting but declined further comments, saying that the matter is in Court.

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