Ex-Poly Workers Lament Deaths over Unpaid Gratuity, Pension Arrears


James Sowole in Akure

Retired workers of the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, at the weekend raised the alarm over the rate of deaths recorded among them mainly resulting from non- payment of gratuity and pension increase arrears amounting to N912.7 million as at December 31, 2016.

The concern of the former workers was contained in a statement issued at the end of their meeting under the umbrella of Association of Retired Staff of the institution held in the school premises.

In the statement signed by Mr Rufus Oguntoyinbo and Mr Stephen Oluwole, the chairman and secretary of the association respectively, the former workers said not less than 57 of them had died in the last three years.

Oguntoyinbo said the figure excluded the 33 per cent pension increase already approved by the federal government in 2010.

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