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4 Pensioners Allegedly Die In Anambra Over Unpaid Gratuities

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Pensioners and retirees who retired from the Local Government Service of Anambra State from 2015 to 2019 on Thursday held a prayer session to mourn four of their colleagues, who allegedly died as a result of their unpaid benefits.

The purpose of the prayer meeting was to ask God to intervene so that they would not die any more and that they would survive the cruel treatment they were receiving from government officials, whom they held responsible for not paying their gratuities, which totaled more than N850 million.

At the prayer session in Awka, the chairman of the group, Raphael Okoye, claimed the four pensioners died because they could not afford to pay their medical bills.

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Displaying placards with various inscriptions, they called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to rescue them, informing him that there were people in government undermining his administration by deliberately sitting on their pensions and gratuities from 2015 to date.

Okoye alleged that key officials of the state Ministry of Local Government and the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee, have deliberately refused to pay the health pensioners their arrears of entitlement despite court judgment on the matter.

A document made available to reporters read: “The consent judgment ordered the payment of the health pensioners’ accumulated arrears in four installments starting from May 2023 and ending in August 2023.

In another report, no fewer than 280 newly-promoted personnel serving in various units, departments and squads within Enugu State have been decorated by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

The unprecedented number of newly-promoted personnel, which cuts across various ranks, started with the rank of Deputy Commandant of Corps to the rank-and-file.

Decorating the officers on Thursday in Enugu, the Commandant of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, Mr Muhammed Dada, tasked the newly-decorated officers to double their efforts and shun laziness in all forms.

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