Governor Okowa misusing Paris Club refunds

Ifeanyi Okowa

Retirees in Delta State, under the umbrella of the Association of Retired Local Government Staff and Primary School Teachers, have accused Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of misusing the Paris Club refund and bailout fund released to the state by the Federal Government.

The retirees bearing placards and banners held a protest during which they slammed Okowa over the non-payment of their entitlements.

While demanding to know how the bailout was spent, they requested the full payment of all benefits owed them from 2013 till date.

This is the second time in one week pensioners in Delta State will be protesting through the streets of Asaba singing the same song and passing the same kind of message.

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Their placards gave a clear description of their requests as they converged on the complex of the State House of Assembly to pour out their grievances.

Chairman of the association, Jerry Arioghore said: “It is appalling to note that soon after assumption of office in May 2015, the state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, through the joint allocation account stopped the 7.5 percent statutory monthly allocation to the Bureau of Local Government Pensions.

“This is a serious infraction on the Delta State Pension Reform Law and all efforts to draw his attention to this fell on deaf ears.”

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