On Tuesday, former lawmakers and local government officials in Kwara state staged a peaceful protest against their non-payment of allowances since 2019.
The ex-councillors, under the aegis of the Kwara State Ex-Councillors Forum, have appealed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to compensate for their unpaid dues.
Speaking to reporters in Ilorin, the forum’s president, Fatai Adebayo, accompanied by other members of the group, lamented that the current administration has not paid the fees promised three years ago.
Mr. Adebayo said that the forum of ex-councillors has about 1,850 members and can mobilize a significant number of voters in elections.
He listed unpaid indemnities to include 1999-2002, 2004-2007, 2007-2010 and 2013-2016.
The President also called on the Governor to ensure payment in view of the current celebration of Ramadan and the upcoming resumption of their children in various schools.
“We met Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq on the matter, and the Head of Kwara State Assembly, Hon. Magaji Olawoyin, but nothing has come of it yet.
“We are taking this opportunity to continue our appeal to consider us for payment. The total amount we are now expecting is over N350 million.
“After the electoral victories of the government led by Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, we are more neglected than ever.
“Our legitimate rights which were promised to be paid were not respected,” he said.