The retirees who spoke on the sideline of this year pensioners day celebration said the government had also failed to harmonize all pensioners both state and local government after the 2003 harmonization exercise.
The State chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, (NUP), Engr. Clement Ohida in statement on Friday in Lokoja, said retirees in the state are still being faced with challenges of none implementation of minimum pension for retired senior citizens and lack good health scheme for all categories of pensioners.
While assuring that the executive will leave no stone unturned to reach a comfortable zone for pensioners, Ohida expressed optimism that through continuous unity of purpose, the story of retired citizens will change for the better.
“While we commend the State Governments efforts at meeting the benefits of the state retirees, we wish to draw the attention of the plight of the numerous Local Government Retirees including the Teaching and non Teaching staff of Basic Education schools who retired after meritorious service to the nation.
“There are many problems and challenges facing our retired senior citizens, of which we have highlighted some above. Please, the state government should help us address this problem, as things are currently getting out of hand for our retirees who served the state meritoriously” he stated.
He said since 2001, pensioners all over the country gather together to evaluate the events of the past, most especially, the challenges, achievement, and later come to re-strategise with a view to tackling the challenges and purposefully resolve to address them.