Pensioners who retired from the services of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) recently embarked on a week-long hunger strike to register their displeasure at the non-payment of the 22-month pension arrears as well as mounting unpaid gratuities.
The decision to go on hunger strike was reached by the pensioners at their meeting held recently where they lamented that many of their colleagues had died for lack of funds for medical attention and other family needs.
A statement signed by the pensioners’ association chairman, Chief D. Asinugwo, and secretary, Chief H.O. Onuoha, indicated that the pensioners had made several futile attempts to get the government to listen to their plight.
“This stance of suffering IBC pensioners, numbering more than 300, is as a result of the failure of various approaches made by the Pensioners’ Association to draw the attention of the state government to the plight of the senior citizens,” the release stated.
Some of the approaches the association made, according to the release, include meeting with the deputy governor, commissioners for information and strategy, local government (past and present), permanent secretary of Information and Local Government Ministries as well as other relevant bodies such as federal Public Complaints Commission. The association, therefore, reviewed its passionate appeal to the state governor to Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to hearken to its appeal.