Pensioners in Ikole-Ekiti have appealed to Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State to fulfil his campaign promises by paying their outstanding gratuities.
A cross section of the pensioners who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikole-Ekiti, said that they were patiently waiting for Oyebanji to commence payment of the backlog of gratuities in 2023.
They lamented that the cost of food and other essential commodities in Ekiti had become too expensive for them to afford with the monthly pension they are earning.
One of the pensioners, Mr Biodun Ogunniyi, a retired teacher, appealed to Oyebanji to fulfil his promises to the pensioners and pay their outstanding gratuities.
Ogunniyi, who described Oyebanji as “a good listener, humble and respectful,” said he had promised the pensioners that he would find a way of paying the outstanding gratuities.
“I want to appeal to our governor to fulfil his governorship campaign promises to us, the pensioners are seriously suffering in Ekiti.
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“Many of us are relying on him and patiently waiting for him to pay our gratuities when we are alive and healthy.
“I pray that God will help him to fulfil his promises to us during his administration,” he said.
Ogunniyi further urged Oyebanji to be committed to his words and do the needful to rescue the pensioners from hunger and hardship.
A retired local government worker, Mr. Omotayo Omoleye, said that since he retired on February 8, 2014, he had been praying for Ekiti governors that God should touch their heart to remember pensioners.
Omoleye urged Oyebanji not to relent in his efforts in finding a means of paying the outstanding gratuities.
He prayed for him that God would grant him wisdom on how to offset the huge debt and put an end to the sufferings of pensioners in the state.
Another pensioner, Mrs. Abigail Agunbiade, a retired community health officer, said many of them were relying on the words of Oyebanji that his administration would offset the outstanding gratuities.
She explained that the cost of food items apart from transport was too expensive for a pensioner to afford currently.