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N42.3bn Gratuities: Pensioners Sue Oyo Gov, 5 Others Over Unpaid Arrears

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Oyo State on Tuesday dragged

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and five others before an Oyo State

High Court in Ibadan over  unpaid N42.3bn gratuities and

pensions arrears owed  primary school teachers and local government

pensioners.

 

Joined in the suit were the Oyo State Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Local Government and

Chieftaincy Matters, Commissioner for Finance as well as the

Accountant-General and the state’s Head of Service.

 

The pensioners’ counsel, Lasun Sanusi (SAN) urged Justice Maruf

Adegbola on Tuesday to direct the Oyo State Government to pay the

arrears of the concerned pensioners.

 

Sanusi said the primary school teachers and local government

pensioners were dying almost on daily basis due to difficulty in

getting medications for their various health challenges.

 

The counsel also told the court that an agreement was reached between

the state government and the pensioners that the arrears would be paid

in instalments, praying that this be made a consent judgment.

 

He said since the state  government was not denying that  it was its

responsibility to pay the said  money, his clients were urging the

court to give its  judgment.

The counsel also said that other respondents in the suit had been

served except Ajimobi, urging the court to grant his ex-parte motion

seeking its leave to serve the governor by substituted means.

 

The counsel suggested that the governor be served through the state’s

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, being the chief law

officer of the state.

 

Adegbola consequently granted the ex-parte motion and ordered that the

processes be served on the governor through the Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice.

 

The judge said that the processes and other documents to be filed in

the matter be taken to the Office of the Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice.

 

He adjourned the case till July 11 for hearing.

 

None of the respondents was in court, but the pensioners, who had

trooped to the court, called on the state government to urgently pay

their pension arrears and gratuities.

 

Representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state also

attended the court sitting.

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