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Pensioners hold Osun state government ‘hostage’ after 12 months of hunger

– Pensioners have locked out workers at the Osun state secretariat in protest over the failure of the state government to pay their pension arrears

– The pensioners maintain that they would deny workers entry into the building

– One of the leaders of the pensioners, Yemi Lawal, accuse Governor Rauf Aregbesola of planning to divert the second tranche of N12.7 billion Paris Club loan refund

Pensioners have besieged the Osun state secretariat and locked out workers in protests over the failure of the state government to pay their pension arrears and gratuities.

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The siege on the secretariat which occurred on Friday morning, June 30, was sequel to similar protests a day before, The Punch reports.

During the Friday protest, the pensioners prevented workers from gaining entrance into the facility after they locked the main gate as well as the second gate.

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The protesters held placard bearing various inscriptions demanding the payment of the areas and rained abuses on the governor.

Security agencies comprising of the police, operatives of the Department of State Services, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defeñce Corps were deployed to ensure that the protest did not turn violent.

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One of the leaders of the pensioners, Yemi Lawal, maintained that they would deny workers entry into the building.

He said Governor Rauf Aregbesola was owing them 12-month pensions and the gratuities of those who retired between 2008/and 2012 had not been paid.

He accused the governor of planning to divert the second tranche of N12.7 billion Paris Club loan refund.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has released a reports showing that at least 23 states of Nigeria currently owe local government workers their salaries

Ibrahim Khaleel, the national president of the union, stated this in a statement issued on Monday, June 26, in Abuja.

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Mr Khaleel said that Bayelsa state is owing local council workers the most with between 10 and 16 months unpaid.

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