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).
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.”
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.