Four retirees slumped and were hospitalised on Tuesday in Imo during a protest to demand for five months arrears of their pension allegedly owed them by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened at the protest scene around the Government House roundabout in Owerri.
One of the retirees, who slumped but was revived, Mrs Margret Onuoha, said she retired from the state civil service on Grade Level 14. She claimed that her late husband, Mr Eugene Onuoha, also a retiree, died in the struggle in 2016 and was never paid till date. Onuoha said her heath condition had worsened in the last five months that she has not received her pension.
NAN reports that the protest, led by the state Chairman of Imo Pensioners Intervention Committee, Mr Iyke Ohaneje, caused heavy traffic as the protesters blocked the popular Okigwe Road roundabout. The retirees displayed placards with inscriptions;
“We are not ghost retirees”, “Uzodimma is playing politics with our lives”, “Pay us our money now or face the wrath of God.” Ohaneje said the protest was about the third the pensioners had embarked upon and accused the state government of ignoring the plight of the retirees.