Professors Isreal Worugji has described as unacceptable the non payment of pensions to public servants who retired from the service of Rivers State since 2014, lamenting that a number of them have died and others unable to meet up with family demands because of the shocking and embarrassing situation.
Worugji, a native of Rumuakunde in Emohua Local Government area of the state but teaching law at the university of Calabar in Cross Rivers State said no explanation justifies the alleged undue delay in the payment of entitlements of the retirees, adding that it was an unpleasant way to say good bye to individuals who had used their productive years to serve the state.
The professor, who bared his mind in a chat with Notable Outcome on Monday, observed that further delay in the payment of entitlements to retirees in the name of biometric exercise is worsening the living conditions of the senior citizens and many of them are increasingly finding it difficult to support their families.
The university don said he supports the Governor Wike administration in Rivers State, but insisted that government must give priority attention to the payment of pensions and other entitlements due the retirees in the state.
“While congratulating our governor for his works let us call his attention to certain areas of lapses. The public servants who retired from the public service of the State since 2014, and who are yet to receive their retirement benefits must be carried along. They have rendered their services to the State and accordingly deserve fair treatment. Some have died out of helplessness. The State must intervene to save lives now. This is part of good governance and it is a right”, Prof Israel Worugji summed.