The governorship flag bearer of Action Alliance, AA, in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has faulted the government of Rochas Okorocha over the plight of pensioners in the state.
Nwosu picked the faults while explaining why he could not do much to end the plight of Imo pensioners.The former Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha said it was because “as a Chief of Staff, my role was advisory, while the buck stops on the governor’s table.”
Nwosu stated this in a statement issued by his campaign organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Onwuasoanya Jones.He also reaffirmed that he was fully prepared to end the sufferings experienced by Imo pensioners.
“My duty as Chief of Staff, was to make suggestions, while the governor decides whether to implement such suggestions or not. I didn’t have powers to do anything on my own,” Nwosu said.
Nwosu, who dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for AA to chase his dream of becoming governor, also said if elected, he would implement those ideas that would be beneficial to Imo people, as well as ensure that pensioners get their due.
“I know what the problems are and I also understand the predicament of the present administration in solving that problem once and for all. I shall step on toes, no matter how big those toes are,” Nwosu assured.
He said he was “pained” that Imo senior citizens have to go through avoidable rigours before getting their legitimate entitlements.
“It is unfortunate that after these rigorous verifications, they still do not get paid their entitlements as at when due,” Nwosu lamented.
Nwosu, who is Okorocha’s son in-law opined that there was no reason pensioners should not get paid for their years of service to the state.
“Some of them are the teachers that taught us. Others served us in different capacities, in the civil service.“Now that they are old and retired, they deserve to be paid without hassles”, Nwosu said.