I’m ashamed of not paying pensioners- Governor Ortom

Pensioners in Benue State have turned down Governor Samuel Ortom’s advice to vacate the entrance to the Government House in Makurdi.

The pensioners last Wednesday moved to the entrance of the Government House, sleeping on mats.

The pensioners vowed to occupy the seat of power until their pensions and gratuities amounting to N25billion are paid.

They said they had not been paid for 25 months. Their leader, Mr. Peter Kyado, said they would remain at the Government House gate until the governor meets their demand.

Governor Ortom, who cut short his trip to Abuja to address the pensioners, said: “I’m ashamed that my government has been unable to meet its financial obligation to the pensioners, who are senior citizens.”

He described the situation the pensioners found themselves as sad, but promised to address their plight.

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