TEARS flowed freely at the weekend following the death of Ahaji Husssein Ariyibi, an indigene of Ajase-ipo in Irepodun Local Government of Kwara State who slumped and died in the process of filling pensioner’s e-payment form as directed by the Federal government.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the deceased, was at the pensioners office in Ilorin to collect, fill and submit pensioners e-payment form before he collapsed and died at the vicinity.
Ariyibi , it was gathered, retired from the state civil service as a government printer. Sources at the scene of the incident, while speaking with the medium, explained that when the deceased first started shivering, other pensioners then tried to assist by pouring cold sachet water on his head, but all their efforts proved abortive as the deceased eventually gave up the ghost.
While commenting on the incident, officers who spoke under condition of anonymity observed that the directive by the Federal Government to all pensioners to fill e-payment forms had further compounded their hardship.
They lamented that the risk some of them took from their various council areas before they assembled at Ilorin, the state capital, was too stressful, as such could lead to untimely death of pensioners.
In order to avert a reoccurrence, they appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline of the exercise, as well decentralise it, so that they could fill the forms in their respective Local Government Council Areas.
-LANRE LAWAL, Ilorin