BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI — Frail and hapless pensioners of Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, are appealing to the state government to pay their pension arrears, which have now run into 34 months.
Confirming their ugly plight to Vanguard in a telephone interview, spokesman of the pensioners, Mr. Lugard Igwe, lamented that hunger, disease and eventual death had gradually but steadily started decimating their number.
“We have suffered untold hardship, extreme poverty, acute neglect, hunger, disease and eventual death of some of our members in the past months. I do not know how many more would go before succour will come our way,” Igwe lamented.
The senior citizens had at various times, taken their protest to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna, urging him to speak to Governor Rochas Okorocha on their behalf.
Vanguard recalls that Governor Rochas Okorocha had set up a committee headed by the then Chief of Staff, now deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere, to look into how best the problems could be solved.
It is not clear at press time if the Madumere committee had submitted its report, especially as the Commissioner for Information, Strategy, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Chinedu Offor, neither received nor responded our correspondent’s calls.
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