A coalition of Akwa Ibom Pensioners and next of kin of Retired Primary School teachers. For Change, has refuted claim by the State governor that the State Government has paid 95% of retirees through Paris Club refund tranches released by the Federal Government.
According to the Chairman, of the association, Mr. Benjamin Benson who spoke with our correspondent, he debunked claims the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel made during a live broadcast on Planet Fm, that the State Government is not owing any retiree in the State.
Benson chided the State Governor over what he called deceitful desperation taken too far by Governor Udom Emmanuel to cajole the pensioners and next of kin of retired primary school teachers, who have contributed their selfless services to the development of the State education sector.
The claim by the State Governor that the government is not owing any retiree in the State, has elicited series of reaction and condemnation by the group.
These reactions were after Uyo senatorial district endorsed Governor Udom Emmanuel for second term.
Reacting to the endorsement rally which was anchored by the elders of Uyo senatorial district, Mr. Benjamin Benson said that pensioners and retirees and next of kin of primary school teachers in the State cannot vote for Governor Udom Emmanuel come 2019 election.
“The State Governor claimed he has paid all retirees in the State up till date, let me tell you that this is not true, the government only paid retirees up to 2015 and many of us have not been paid. We are very disappointed by the statement of the governor and cannot vote for him in 2019 election”. Benson emphasized
.The State chairman of the group also explained that many of them who suffer in different units of the state civil service are in serious dilemma and hardship having suffered from the thirty-five years in active service to the State.
He also maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel will not win 2019 election, except he keeps politics aside in handling issues pertaining to the welfare of pensioners and retirees in the State.