Retirees protest in Niger Govt House over non-payment of gratuity in 8 years

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

Retirees in Niger on Wednesday stormed the Government House, Minna to protest the non-payment of their gratuity for the past eight years.

One of the retirees, Alhaji Idris Ndalati, who retired as Chief Driver from Government House, told Newsmen that he had not been paid his gratuity for seven years.

According to him, many retirees in Niger have died while some were bedeviled by high blood pressure and strike due to problems associated with non-payment of their benefits.

Ndalati further explained that “Our children have stopped going to school because we could not pay their school fees and many of us cannot shoulder the responsibility of feeding our family.

The protesters also accused the Niger Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners of not protecting the interest of its members.

Addressing the protesters, the state Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, said that the state government would look into the complaint forwarded by the retirees.

He therefore fixed tomorrow for an interface with the retirees, to look into grey areas with a view to addressing some of them.

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