Owerri Shut Down by Pensioners Yesterday  Over Unpaid Arrears, Many Slump and Die (See Photos)

Owerri Shut Down by Pensioners Yesterday Over Unpaid Arrears, Many Slump and Die (See Photos)

Activities and vehicular movement were put on hold yesterday 15 th June , 2016 as pensioners and other government workers blocked a major roundabout connecting various parts of the eastern city of Owerri .
Some of the pensioners who were seen carrying placards and
mostly on black attires lamented the way in which the authorities
have abandoned them , even as they are being owed arrears of
up to 17 – 19 months .
The senior citizens were also singing very touching solidarity
songs , threatening not to leave the location until their cries are
attended to .
As at the time of filing this report when Trend NG visited the
location , there was little or no vehicular movement , as the old
men and women sat even under the rain on the ground of the
roads leading to the Imo government house , Okigwe road axis,
Wetheral and Assumpta Avenues .
When Trend NG approched a a visibly angry and worn out old
pensioner , he told us “… Rochas is owing us, many of us have not
been paid for almost 1 year and six months now , some are being
owed up to 1 year and eight months . We are not leaving here
today until some talks to us to reassure us… we will even
defecate around this whole place , and you know what that
means … infact we won ’ t leave ” .
Trend NG did not observe any visible signs of any government
representatives addressing the aged crowd.

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