The Imo state government has commenced payment of 6-months pension arrears owed to pensioners in the state.
During the official handing over of Cheques to the pensioners, the Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha said the government also agreed to pay the pensioners in full rather than the earlier plan of slashing the arrears by 50 percent.
The pensioners in their numbers gathered at the Imo state international conference center in Owerri anxiously waiting to meet with the Imo state Governor and also collect their cheques.
The Governor commended the pensioners for their patience, while giving reasons for the delay in payment of pensions and government’s earlier plan to slash the pension
He noted that sudden over blotting of the pensions and corrupt malpractices by some government officials are some major reasons.
The Governor further questioned the corrupt activities of some of the pension commission officials in the state while ordering security operatives to arrest over 15 of them for embezzlement and corrupt malpractices.
Magicfm recalled that before now, there has been a disagreement between the pensioners in the state and the Imo state government over a form issued by the government directing pensioners to sign an undertaking that only 50% monthly pensions would be paid to them by government and in disagreement with the directive.
The Imo state branch of Nigerian Union of Pensioners dragged the state government to court over government’s refusal to pay 100 percent accumulated arrears of pensions to pensioners in the state.