Some retired officers of the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) and those of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) have appealed for the payment of their 15 months pension arrears.
The pensioners who spoke to Christian Voice recently complained that the state government was not paying retired primary school teachers and their administrative staff who retired from SUBEB and LGEA.
This is contrary to claims that the government had been paying pensions and entitlements regularly.
“This does not include the retired primary school teachers, SUBEB retirees and LGEA staff”, they stated, adding that the last pension paid to these class retired officers was October 2013.
The retirees who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the Imo State government was not paying retired primary school teachers and their allied pensioners regularly.
Cumulatively, according to the senior citizens, the government is owing them 24 months.
They stated that former Gov. Ikedi Ohakim left three months arrears while the present administration accumulated the rest.
The pensioners said that efforts by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Imo State wing to bring the government to clear the arrears have proved abortive as government had failed in several agreements with the union.
“We have suffered untold hardship with our families,” they stated, while some complained that it between 11 to 16 months before they were queued into pension, with the result that a good member of them were owed arrears of pension for upward of 24-30 months.
They, however, echoed the slogan, “Rochas we Know,” but added, “We must survive to know Rochas”.
“Come to our rescues,” they pleaded to Gov. Okorocha, adding that many of them have died for lack of basic needs.
They also pointed out that many of those who retired since July 2013 have not been queued into pension.