From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue Concerned Pensioners yesterday evening suspended their one week protest to give way for dialogue with the state government.
The protesters have laid siege at the gate of the Benue Government House since 4th September at the expiration of an ultimatum they issued to the Governor Ortom.
All pleas by Governor Samuel Ortom, erstwhile Governor Sen. Gabriel Suswam, Speaker of the State Assembly Titus Uba as well as religious leaders on them to vacate the area and pave way for dialogue with the state government fell on deaf ears as they insisted on being paid 6 months out of 19 months arrears owed them.
Heavy security was deployed as well armed police men, civil defense and DSS officials were stationed at the Government House Round About to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.
Addressing over 200 members pensioners group at the Benue Government House Round About, chairman of the group, Peter Ikyado said Governor Samuel Ortom has accepted to meet with his leadership to seek solution to their agitations.
Ikyado who noted the interventions from several stakeholders including the former Governor of the State and Senator representing Benue North East District Sen Gabriel Suswam, the Speaker of the State Assembly Titus Uba, religious leaders as well as spirited individuals who magnanimous offered food to sustain them during the protest, also, lauded the media for good reportage.
“The Governor has agreed to meet with the leadership tomorrow after which we will communicate to you the outcome of the meeting. I thereby call all members to disperse and wait for further communication”, Ikyado said..