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Ogun pensioners press for N10,000 each from state government to survive lockdown

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In a bid to ameliorate the effect of the hardship of the lockdown, to curtail the spread of Covid-19, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Ogun state chapter has urged the government to pay its members N10,000 each.

A statement released on Monday, by the group’s state secretary, Bola Lawal confirmed.

The secretary stressed the need and urgency of the money at this period as the members are going through “untold hardship.”

“Most of these pensioners earn N5,000 and below as monthly pension. This amount cannot carry them for three days as food allowances. How then do we expect them to survive the 14 days lockdown without food?

“In view of the above, NUP calls on Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to pay N10,000 into each pensioner’s accounts as a means of palliative to soothe the pain of the lockdown.

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The group further urged the government to donate five trailers of food items out of the 100 trailers sent by the Federal government.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday in his second presidential address extended the lockdown in Ogun, Lagos and Abuja by two weeks with effect from Monday at 11:59pm to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic

This is the second time the president will impose a lockdown order.

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