The Oyo State government has described the protest by the splinter group of pensioners in the state as uncalled for since the governor has held several meetings with them on the state government’s financial dilemma, especially after the theft of N6.5 billion of pensioners’ money by some officials during the regime of previous government.
In a statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Dr Festus Adedayo, government had entered into an agreement with the parent bodies of the pensioners on the modalities for the settlement of pension arrears and gratuity in installments, consequent upon the theft.
The statement said that government had indeed started to pay the arrears to the retired primary school teachers. It explained that the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration puts the welfare of retirees on the front burner in the scheme of government fiscal policy.
“Before this administration came on board, past governments had pointedly told the pensioners that no government would implement the arrears,” he said.