Retired Permanent Secretaries laments plight of Pensioners, appeals to Governor Ayade

The Association of Retired State Permanent Secretaries of Nigeria (ARSPSN), Cross River State branch has cried out over the worsening condition of its members and has appealed to Governor Ben Ayade to address the situation.

ARSPSN made the appeal in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Effenji Odey, on Tuesday in Calabar.

According to him, the appeal becomes necessary in view of the N18.2 billion bailout funds that are expected from the Federal Government to the 36 States of the federation.

He said though the retirees acknowledged the efforts being made by the governor to improve the economy of the State through Industrialisation, the suffering was becoming too grave for them to endure.

‘I have been under tremendous pressure to speak up concerning the plight of our members who have been going through untold hardship due to unpaid gratuities, pensions, areas of minimum wage, payment adjustment for domestic servants.

“Some of them are passing through serious health challenges with no resources for medications.

“We appreciate your untiring efforts at improving the economy of the state through Industrialisation despite the lean resources of the State.

“However, we believe that, if you consider the plight of our members when the history of Cross River State is written, your name will be engraved in gold, ” he said. .

Odey advised the governor to stagger the payment of gratuities in phases to enable him to liquidate the debts owed retirees.

” It is my candid advice that we can phase the payment and spread it for a period until liquidation, ” he said.

 

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