Pensioners beg Buhari,Fayemi for palliatives in Ekiti


The Nigeria Union of Pensioners Ekiti State chapter on Thursday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Kayode Fayemi to consider its members in the various palliative gestures aimed at cushioning the effect of the lockdown declared against the spread of covid-19.
The Union made the appeal in a statement signed by its chairman, Ayo Kumapayi and the secretary Azeez Agbaje.
The statement  explains that the request for palliative for pensioners became necessary following the extension of the lockdown by two weeks.
Pensioners in Ekiti
The pensioners pointed out that , the lockdown had subjected many of them to hunger and untold hardships thus resulting in health complications as well as deaths.
The statement reads “While we commend our government for their efforts to cushion the effects of this pandemic on the vulnerable citizens, it is important to call their attention to the plight of our members.
“We have recorded several death of our members since this lockdown began, most of them especially from seventy years above are now in critical condition due to hunger.
“The lock down is a double jeopardy on our members because some of them were still being owed pension by government while their children who were supposed to provide for their food are also trapped in the locked down.
“In addition many Samaritans have also deserted our members based on the directives of government on the need for people to avoid contact with the aged for now.
“It is very important that our government reach out to our members through the route used for the payment of their pension and allowances  or pass through the  union so as to save them from untimely death.
The statement adds that the cash transfer scheme of the Federal government ought to have captured pensioners as they are among the venerable persons  in the society based on their age and health
“We are begging our government, corporate bodies and individuals to save our souls and reach out to our members.”

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