There is a growing number of Gambian workers who are above the age of retirement. They are now facing a dilemma. Pension allowances are not sufficient to upkeep them.

Most are earning less than a dollar a day. This compels them to continue to work on contracts in order not to become destitute. This puts them in a position where they compete for jobs with the young who often direct their anger to them for holding onto posts that the young feel they should occupy.

It is therefore important to avoid a generational conflict by looking into pension claims and provide for those who have served the country with pension entitlements fit for normal life.

The plight of pensioners need attention. The degree of respect for fundamental rights in a country is determined by the quality of life of its youth, women and pensioners.

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