1005 Pensioners Dead Over Unpaid Allowances In Kwara
The Chairman, Kwara State Local Government Pensioners Association, Mr. lsiaka Akanbi, on Saturday, said no fewer than 1,005 of its members had died since April 2015, as a result of unpaid pension allowances.
Akanbi, in an interview with PUNCH in Ilorin, the state capital, said the victims, who cut across the 16 local government councils of the state, died as a result of their inability to get adequate health care attention.
Stakeholders in the state, while decrying the death of the pensioners, described the trend as sad and unacceptable.
While urging relevant authorities to urgently effect the payment of the pension arrears to the senior citizens, Akanbi said no fewer than 3,000 of the pensioners were unable to buy drugs for their ailments.
Commenting on the development, Governor Ahmed’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, said the governor was saddened by the plight of the local government pensioners.
He blamed the drop in Federation Account allocations for the non-payment of the pensions, adding that the state government was considering strategies to assist them within its available resources.