Pensioners in Enugu State Local Government system some of whom retired 15 years ago have just been paid their gratuities.
The highly elated retirees described Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as a God-sent leader, who had salvaged the long-forgotten senior citizens.
“Since this governor has remembered us, those government forgot for more than 10 years, God will not forget him, he will live long, and he will win election many, many tines”, declared one of the pensioners, Elder Ishiwu Romanus Ezeugwu, at Ogbede, headquarters of Igbo-Etiti local council area yesterday after collecting a cheque in lieu of his
The elder statesman, along with other pensioners, are beneficiaries of the on-going payment of outstanding salaries, pensions and gratuities owed local government workers and pensioners alike by a committee set up by Enugu state Government.
The retirees who left service between 2002 and 2005 are justifiably elated because since they left service, the previous administrations could neither pay their gratuities nor their pensions until Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration began this on-going exercise.
Committee chairman and permanent secretary in the State Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ben Ezema told newsmen that one of the venues for the payment exercise, that at Ezeagu local government headquarters, 700 pensioners who had waited in vain in the past decade have eventually collected their gratuities.