Imo State government under the superintendency of Sen. Hope Uzodimma had as at October 2020, paid pensioners in the state their accumulated pensions totaling about N8.5 billion. Information exclusively obtained by Nigerian Newsguide show a critical upward review in the amount monthly earmarked for payment of pensions in the past ten months under Uzodimma, quite unlike what was obtained during the past administrations in the state.
Our reporter gathered that despite the huge pension wage bill which outweighs all salary and emoluments of serving civil/public servants in Imo, Gov. Hope Uzodimma has remained irrevocably committed to making large sum of monies available after attending FAAC meetings in Abuja each month specifically for the offsetting of backlog of pension arrears in the state.
So far, about 10,000 pensioners are said to have not received a dime as pension for several months now but our checks reveal abundance of hope for pensioners in this month of December as great number of them would earn their pensions in arrears before Christmas.
A government source told our medium that thousands of pensions have already been cleared and must be paid this month as soon as the governor puts pen on paper.
Meantime a group under the aegis of Concerned Imolites worried about the plight of Imo pensioners has called on the former Imo West Senator, now Governor to reactivate the heart of Gold for which he was known before now and ensure that the backlog of pension arrears were paid to save the lives of these aged men and women.
Leader of the group Nnamdi Ijezie who spoke to Nigerian Newsguide on behalf of the above-mentioned group pleaded with the governor to clear these pension arrears and see the glory and accolades it will attract to his personality and government.
The group however congratulated Uzodimma on his 62nd birthday anniversary and wished him good health, security and peace of mind in the years ahead.