Monday, 21 October 2019

''Many of us were disenfranchised and short-paid'' Aggrieved Imo Pensioners faults Governments claim of saving N482 Million from Ghost Worker and Pensioners




Imo Pensioners smiled to the bank for the first time in almost a year after the Governor, Sir. Emeka Ihedioha came to their aide and cleared a backlog of pensions arrears accumulated by the previous government of the state. 

While these might have gone well with some pensioners it has raised a lot of complaint on the part of another section of pensioners who came up with lots of complaints ranging from underpayment, disenfranchisement and those tagged ghost workers.
 A retired Perm Secretary who did not want his name mentioned in a chat with elitism6 disclosed that up to N130,000 was deducted from what he was supposed to be paid with no reason given for that. A retired civil servant of the state’s Ministry of Education (MOE) Mrs. Chilaka disclosed that she has waited for long to have her Pension like every other worker in Imo State only for her to be tagged a ghost worker.
 She thanked the State Government for initiating the process but, insisted that they should do the work properly to avoid loopholes of this type.

A good number of them went further to fault the consultants that conducted the verification exercise saying they did not make proper use of the details and documents provided for them saying the claim of the State Government that they have saved up to N482 million was as a result of many people that were disenfranchised and Short-paid. Efforts to reach the Accountant General of Imo State and some of the top officials used in the verification exercise to speak as at the time of filling this report proved abortive.
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