From Adamu Yusuf

Nigerian Association for the Blind, Kaduna State Chapter has appealed to Kaduna State Government to as a matter of urgency pay the entitlements of the recently retired members to ease their hardship.

Speaking to newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat, Kaduna State Council, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Mallam Ismail Abubakar said about thirty of their members were issued retirements and sack letters.

He lamented that most of their members attended vocational training centers both in Kaduna and Lagos states and they have not reached the age of retirement in civil service .

Mallam Ismail Abubakar expressed dismay over the retirement and sack of members which he said would force them into street begging in the state.

The Public Relations Officer explained that about sixty of their members that were sacked and retired in twenty sixteen were yet to receive their entitlements.

He appealed to Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru Ahmed Elrufai to come to their aids looking at their conditions as heads of their families and this holy month of Ramàdan to pay their entitlements and reverse the decision of sacking of workers in the state.

In an interview, Abdulhameed Yakubu from Kaduna North and Mallam Ibrahim Rabiu from Zaria Local Government lamented that they were retired in 2016 and their entitlements were not paid up to date.

Mallam Ibrahim Rabiu explained that in twenty sixteen he lost both his wife and daughter due to inability to pay for blood transfusion of his daughter.

He said he is also homeless because his landlord gave him quit notice.

Among the victims of this April retirement, Hauwa Hassan who worked for twenty six years at Kaduna North Local Government said she accepted the retirement in good faith but appealed to the government to pay them their entitlements on time in order to go into businesses to take care of school fees of their childrens and their feedings.