Enugu: Frank Nweke Jr. Receives Retirees Of State Primary School
Over a dozen disgruntled representatives of retired Enugu State primary school teachers have paid a visit to Frank Nweke Jr, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA lamenting their plight and welfare from the Enugu State Government
The retirees numbering over two dozen lamented their plight since they retired as civil servants of the state, highlighting their condition of salary backlog dated back since February 2021.
The spokesperson Mrs Ugwu said they last received pension of the second month of 2021 and have not been paid any pension for 2022.
Mrs Ugwu who retired since 2015, like most of her former colleagues, has not been paid her gratuity and is still being owed nearly two years of pension backlog.
Mr Ikechukwu, another representative in the group, who retired from Enugu South said he lost his retiree friend, Mr Victor to minor health challenge. He lamented that if the Enugu State government had been forthcoming with their gratuity, his friend would still be alive today. Mr Ikechukwu disclosed that majority of the state primary school retirees are suffering from various ailments that could be medically addressed but for paucity of funds which their pension could have met.
He lamented “we’re not happy the way the government of the state is treating us. We laboured in our youth for the state but when we were old, the governor abandoned us.
“I am being owed 19 months pension and nobody is talking about gratuity. When you want to protest they will chase you out. Most of us have died from poverty.
“With this development, I can’t encourage encourage my children to take up teaching job”.
Describing the condition of the retirees as heart-wrenching, Frank Nweke Jr stressed that primary school is the bedrock of education and it is unfortunate that government would allow retirees go for years without pension and gratuity. He encouraged the retirees to wake up and engage more in politics so they can vote for people who understand what service is.
Stressing that working primary school teachers have already gone on strike various times in the state which drains the motivation of teachers to put in their best. He thanked the retirees for their service to the State and promised a better welfare for teachers if elected as governor of the state.
Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.
He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.
Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts
Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.
Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.
The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.
In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.
Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.
He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.
Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.
He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.
Protest In Enugu Over Murder Of LP Senatorial Candidate, Oyibo Chukwu
A group of concerned indigenes of Enugu State under the aegis of Citizen Against Violence, at the weekend staged a peaceful protest on the streets of Enugu metropolis, demanding justice for the late 2023 Labour Party candidate for the Enugu East senatorial zone, Barr Oyibo Chukwu.
He was recently killed alongside five others and burnt by yet to be identified gunmen.
The protesters, who were clad in black and black attires, were led by kinsmen of the slain Labour Party chieftain who hailed from Amuri in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State.
Leader of the group and immediate past Enugu State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Ben Nwoye called for an end to political killings in the state.
Nwoye said what they were demanding was nothing but “Justice for Barr Chukwu who was brutally murdered on February 22 on his way back from campaign.”
He said the Amuri people have lost a rare gem who had contributed meaningfully to the development of the area and called for an investigation into his murder and the perpetrators brought to book.
It would be recalled that since the incident occurred, there had been series of protests across the state including the one staged by lawyers.
The protesters carrying placards with inscriptions such as “we demand for Justice for Oyibo Chukwu”, “What has our brother done to be murdered like a goat” urged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.
Before taking to the streets, they had stormed the premises of the State High Court and the Court of Appeal where they equally registered their displeasure of the killing.
Some of the protesters who spoke with our correspondent decried the gruesome killing of the former chairman of NBA, Oji River branch who came out to represent his constituents under Labour Party but was allegedly murdered.
Another protester who gave his name as Mr Kenneth Egbo, said “today it is Oyibo Chukwu, tomorrow who knows who will be the next?”
He emphasised that politics was never a do or die game, advising the constituents to be careful of the people they vote into power during the March 11 elections.