OYOGist.com has learned that the Imo State Government has revealed how eight (8) persons, including a former Secretary to the State government who is late, were fraudulently receiving N330 Millon yearly as pension. Pensioners in Imo State had staged protests twice in the State capital, Owerri demanding payment of four (4) months pension.
Governor Hope Uzodinma, who met with the leadership of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, led by Josiah Ugochukwu, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, at Government House, Owerri, reeled out the names of the eight persons diverting pension funds in Imo State.
The names listed are; Ajokubi H. A, (N65, 685, 491. 00) Njoku Damian (N 5,042,439.58), Obasi Canice (N 3, 460, 366.64), Anyanwu F. N (No, 150, 336. 00), Emenalo Theresa (N 3,058, 592.00), John Sunday (N 2,320624. 00) Ajaegbo E. O (N2, 298,910.34) and Ekedere Eunice (N 32,490, 016. 00).
Governor Uzodinma said that some pensioners who retired in 1976 were still collecting pension from the state pension system. He said it is only those who have issues that are yet to receive pensions as most of the pensioners have been paid.
The Imo State Governor stated that there are many irregularities stalling the pension system which made the state government to carry out investigations, and in the process discovered that 1,000 pensioners who retired in 1976 were still receiving pension.
According to him, while a retired judge, was earning N300,000 monthly above what was due to him as pension and a late SSG to the government was still earning pension, many years after his death.