By Haruna Aliyu, BIRNIN KEBBI
The leader of Kebbi retirees pressure group Alhaji Babangida Garba Gwandu, Friday, asked Governor Atiku Bagudu to implement the upward pension review that was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari since 1999 to Kebbi pensioners.
Speaking in Birnin Kebbi, Gwandu said it was unfortunate that some pensioners in Kebbi were still receiving 1,800 as monthly pension and several others receive N2,000.
He said many retirees died while waiting for their gratuities and those who are still alive, their children hawks on the street to provide for their sick and old retired fathers.
Speaking further, the leader of the pressure group accused the security agencies of conniving with the government to halt their meeting, which they slated for Thursday, June 24.
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He said after they formerly wrote to all concerned authorities, including the army, in the state, some elements told the police that they intend to protest with placards, which he said is laughable.
“How can weak retired civil servants of 60 to 70 years hold placard when he can barely stand for less than an hour?
“The government must take heed and act fast as the condition of retirees is deteriorating,” he said.
He urged Bagudu to wade in to salvage the situation to save more lives of retirees by paying gratuities and upward review pensions.
He also called on his members to remain calm and peaceful as they will continue to engage the government through dialogue and other lawful means.
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