The Edo State Government has said it pays pension to pensioners on or before 26 of every month and does not owe any pension to date.
In a statement, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon. Andrew Emwanta JP, said the state government will continue to show commitment towards the welfare and wellbeing of pensioners in the state.
He said, “Edo State Government does not owe any pensioner their monthly pension. Pensioners in Edo State get their monthly entitlement on or before 26 of every month.
“The agitation of pensioners today in Benin City was just a consequence of disagreement among members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) over statutory deduction of 1% from their pensions in favour of the Union, as check-off dues.”
“It was unfortunate that the Edo State Government was caught in the crossfire over the disagreement between members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners and their leadership. While some members of the Union are in support of the statutory deduction, others are against it.”
He said the state government does not owe pensioners any debt whatsoever, as far as the issue of pension is concerned.