Over 2000 pensioners who retired from civil service in Rivers State have taken to the streets of Port Harcourt to protest non payments of pension arrears and gratuities since 2015 to date.
The Rivers State Government is said to be owing the pensioners pension and gratuities and arrears to the tune of N7bn.
Some of the pensioners who spoke with newsmen said they have suffered untold hardship since they retired and are unable to afford basic necessities.
In his remarks, leader of the protesting pensioners, Mr Lucky Ati, said the government is owing them pension, gratuities and arrears to the tune of 7billion.
He said pensioners in the state are going through untold hardship, adding that many of their colleagues have died due to old age related diseases.
He said pension is a right and not a privilege demand.
Also speaking, Lucy Abiye said she retired as a director in Ministry of Education and since she retired in 2017, she has been unable to meet her needs and take care of her children in secondary and university.
On his part, Chris Baridam, said he retired in 2015, and since then he has been thrown out from his house in Port Harcourt as a tenant, adding that he moved back to his village and he is forced to look for shelter in a neighboring community due to the insecurity.
Addressing the pensioners at post office junction in Port Harcourt, Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Friday Eboka appealed to the angry pensioners to sheath their sword and give him two weeks to discuss with the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
The protesting pensioners, however, vowed that after two weeks they will resume their protest if the government refused to meet their demands.