Delta LG retirees kick against plan by ALGON to extort N4m from each retiree’s benefit, set to protest

Delta LG retirees kick against plan by ALGON to extort N4m from each retiree’s benefit, set to protest

Retirees in Delta State under the aegis of Association of Contributory Retirees (ACR) will on Thursday, October 5, 2023 protest plans by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Delta State chapter to extort the sum of N4 million  from each retiree’s gratuity take home benefits.

Notice of the protest was contained in a communique issued at the end of an emergency general meeting of ACR held in Ozoro, September 20, 2023 and signed by Chief (Mrs) Ejieh Helen Chionye, Chairperson of ACR and Prince Ftuvwede Gordons, Secretary of ACR

The meeting which was attended by over 3000 retirees from across the State exhausted deliberation on the plan by ALGON to deduct the sum of N4 million from each retiree’s gratuity take home benefit.

The retirees resolved to resist what they described as the evil, wicked and inhuman plan, allegedly spearheaded by Hon Victor Ebonka, Chairman of ALGON to further increase the sufferings and hardship retirees have been subjected to for the past seven years that their gratuities had remained unpaid.

The Oct 5, 2023 protest will be the 12th since agitation for the payment of over due gratuities began in Delta State.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori inherited the problem from his predecessor, ex governor Ifeanyi Okowa who paid deaf ears to all eleven protests staged earlier to the Government House, Asaba.

Oborevwori on assumption of office as Governor sought ways to resolve the problem and granted approval to the ALGON to obtain N40 billion loan to defray part of the debts owed the retirees latest August 2023.

On September 1st, 2023, ALGON was said to have invited leadership of ACR to a meeting at the office of the SSG in Asaba to discuss modalities for the payment. During the meeting, the retirees were taken aback when Hon Victor Ebonka introduced ALGON’s hired consultant who on a projector, displayed the take home of each category of retirees, using a strange template  and indicating a shortfall of N4 million from each retiree’s gratuity. The retirees believe that the deductions would obviously go into the pockets of ALGON.

The retirees who had earlier been acquainted with the content of their take home according to the template the state government through the office of Auditor General (local government) has been using to pay gratuities since 2012 when the  scheme began, rejected the new arrangement and petitioned the state governor, Oborevwori to intervene and call ALGON to order.

They stressed that should nothing be heard from the government regarding commencement of payment of the gratuities with the old and original template at the end of September 2023, then it would be taken that the Governor was in connivance and complicit in the attempt by ALGON to defraud them and hence, they would be guests to the Government House on October 5 where they would lock horns with the governor until the matter is resolved to their benefit.

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