Imo State Pensioners has claimed that the Pension Arrears owed them stood at N56.8billion as at June 2019.


Speaking at the Stakeholders meeting with the State governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha at Concord Hotel Owerri, Friday, the representative of the pensioners disclosed this, pointing out that the figure must have risen by now.


They cried out to the governor to please do everything possible to clear the arrears and also pay them their gratuities.
However responding, the governor said that his administration was working out arrangements to clear all the arrears and their gratuities.


He directed the State Accountant General, the Head of Service (HOS) and the Commissioner for Finance to complete all necessary formalities for the commencement of the payment of the arrears of pensions left unpaid by the previous administrations in the state.
The Governor also directed the government officials to work out the authentic and accurate statistics to be used in the payment before the end of next week.
He attributed the delay in clearing the arrears since assumption of office, to the discrepancies in the figures submitted to him by both the office of the State Accountant General and that of Pension Office
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The governor also said that a committee had been set up to enable his administration to arrive at the accurate figure for monthly payment of the pensions and to avoid possible double payment.
In his words, “a modern scientific device of taking care of the exercise similar to that being operated at the Federal Level would be put in place.


Relying on the reports and recommendations of the experts assembled to handle the exercise, the governor said that equipment procured for this would be domiciled in each of the 27 LGAs of the state to enable the senior citizens to obtain their pensions in their LGAs of origin while those resident in Owerri and unable to travel to their LGAs would receive theirs in their place of residence”.
Chief Ihedioha used the occasion to give account of the state’s monthly allocation from the federation account since he assumed office as well as the gains made by the Treasury Single Account (TSA) he introduced as soon as he came on board.
He urged the elder statesmen to exercise patience with his administration promising that his administration would usher in a new lease of life to them through his Rebuild Imo Agenda.

Imo State Pensioners has claimed that the Pension Arrears owed them stood at N56.8billion as at June 2019.

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