Ogun pensioners attack Abiodun over N68bn unpaid tips

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Pensioners in Ogun state have sued the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for non-payment of their grants and other claims totaling approximately N68 billion.

Abiodun on Sunday blamed his predecessors Gbenga Daniel and Ibikunle Amosun for the unpaid bonuses in the state and told pensioners not to slander him about the debt.

Abiodun explained that the backlog of grants are all inherited liabilities from previous administrations.

The governor said if his predecessors had done the same since 2011, more than N16 billion would have been disputed.

But on Monday, the state’s Nigerian Pensioners’ Union condemned the governor, saying: “Those who enjoy wealth must not turn down liabilities.”

A statement signed by State Chairman Waheed Oloyede and Secretary Bola Lawal said Abiodun was obligated to pay off the debt as the government is a continuum.

He said: “Prince Dapo Abiodun has credited himself with paying out of outstanding N$68 billion in tips during his three-year tenure.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Abiodun has performed remarkably well in comparison to other first inaugural state governors like Abiodun, such as Alhaji Baba Zulum of Borno State who was N$N15 billion upon his first release released as champion sees. Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has so far paid more than N18.5 billion in tips to Oyo State retirees, but they paid off the debt upon taking office.

“That Governor Abiodun made such a statement that he was not the one who owed the debt was most unfortunate. Has he forgotten that governance is a continuum?

“Anyone who has assets must not reject liabilities.

“Governor Abiodun is reported to be paying N500 million in tips every quarter. There are still two quarters to go for 2022.

“Let Governor Abiodun pay all of our claims, including the subsequent pension adjustment, before he can glorify himself as a high performer. Furthermore, given that the two pension committees in place are yet to submit their reports, we never anticipated such a statement from the governor.”

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