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Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

Retirees chase Delta Chief of staff over unpaid benefits

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Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Angry Members of the Association of Contributory Retirees in Delta state on Tuesday chased away the state Chief of Staff Government House, Olorogun David Edevbie who had attempted to address them during their protest at the Government House gate Asaba
Eyewitness Michael Ojo said that the protesting retirees armed with placards’: Okowa please correct the irregularities in our wages, we are not satisfied with the system at all, we need to be addressed properly, we want the true position of things because we can’t be working in the dark and be deceived”, refused to give their ears to the Chief of Staff.
They were said to have been shouting themselves down at the Government House gate where they were locked out by the security agents who allegedly threatened to shoot them if they forced themselves into the premises with their placards including their protesting songs and dances.
But the Chief of Staff, David Edevbie who spoke to Journalists at the gate, however confirmed that the posters numbering over 2,000 were visibly angry with him and chase him out as they insisted that they were going to speak with the Governor and not himself as Chief of Staff to the state Government.
He assured that the state government was looking into the plight of the protesters, adding that the issue would be resolved soon.
Meanwhile, in an address presented by Comrade Agbaka Avurakoghene Isaiah, state Chairman, Association of Contributory Retirees (ACR), stated that the major problem confronting the Association was the delay by the state government to correct the disadvantaged position they were currently facing by the use of obsolete N7, 500 to calculate their terminal benefits, instead of N18,000 which the retirees earned before they retired into the scheme.
Part of the address reads:” suffice it to say that the full implementation of the scheme commenced on 1st March,2010 when the first set of CPS retirees were Churned out and that was when the National Remuneration mode of N18,000 minimum wage came into force”, adding that the issue of correcting the anomaly was earlier dialogued with the state government for the past seven years and till date nothing changed.
Stating further that they recognized the giant stride of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to address the issue, the protesters said that there are individuals who had been acting as dog on the wheels of progress, adding that the Governor admitted short changing them and Constituted a Committee headed by Professor Sylvester Monye to authenticate the figures contained therein in the submitted Actual valuation review report approved for Implementation to meet emerging economic realities by a firm of Actuarial valuers ( Messers B.A Adigun and Associates) that was engaged by the state government.
The statement explained that in December 2016, the Committee would have summited its report and Implementation will be effected, adding that the December date failed and the Governor then appointed the Committee of one Dr Kingsley Emu who brought in H.R Consultancy Services as the firm submitted several reports that were faulty and acceptable as it further placed the retirees and serving workers in more precarious disadvantaged position going by the laws establishing the CPS.

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