Penultimate Tuesday, a group of Imo State
Pensioners took to the street demanding that the State Government pay them their entitlements.
The senior citizens who barricaded the Government House roundabout thereby disrupting the traffic and inflicting untold pain on motorists and other road users, bemoaned their fate, saying the endless pensions verification exercise embarked by the State Government is affecting them adversely.
According to some of the inscriptions on their placards, they disclosed that some of their members have died due to none payment of their pensions entitlements.
However, both the Imo State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress N.L.C., and the Imo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, had dissociated themselves from the protests, saying they are still in dialogue with the State Government over the pensioners matters.
In her own reaction, the Imo State Government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, had described the protesters as imposters and saboteurs who were sponsored to disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in Imo State.
However despite all the claims and counter claims, Daily Nigerian Horn is of the opinion that subjecting Imo people to these spate of embarrassing protests by these elderly ones is not charitable at all.
One could recall with nostalgia that these pensioners have had similar protests in previous Governments which had portrayed the State and her people in bad light.
We are however of the opinion that both the State Government and the relevant unions must find a meeting ground to sort the issue of pensioners once and for all.
The Government can pay the pensioners some months while still carrying out the investigations.
To say that Imo people are tired of these protests is stating the obvious.
This is our take.