Members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) under the Contributory Pension Scheme, Osun Chapter, have lauded the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for taking their welfare and general wellbeing as priority.
The retirees, who belong to the pressure group, also commended Governor Oyetola’s administrative acumen and noble approach to governance, saying, ‘God has given Osun the right man to do the job.’
This is even as the Governor reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continuously making life comfortable, worthwhile and meaningful for the citizens in general and both active and passive workers in particular.
The members of the Osun Contributory Pension Scheme, an arm of the State Chapter of NUP, gave the commendations at the weekend during an interactive session with the Governor at Governor’s office, Abere, Osogbo.
Speaking, the leader of the group, Mr. Oyadare Gbenga, applauded the governor for the continued hands of fellowship being extended to them.
He attributed some of the peaceful negotiations and dialogues between the government and the workforce to the rare leadership quality displayed by the Governor whenever there is an agitation.
In his remarks, Governor Oyetola commended the NUP members for their unflinching support and show of understanding.
“I am happy to receive you. I commend you for the courage at fighting for your colleagues to claim your rights. One thing is that if we have money, we will pay, as you all know that despite the meagre resources, we have been faithful to our obligations.
“Osun is not the only state that is challenged as far this backlog of pensions is concerned. Therefore, I doubt if FG will single us out for a bailout. The country is challenged economically. So, we must all put on our thinking caps and devise creative strategies and means of resolving the issue; and that is what we are doing here in Osun. As I speak, those whose outstanding are N500, 000 and below have been cleared up till December, 2020. They are collecting their bonds as we speak. This is our way of taking care of the less privileged. Soon, we will look at those who have between N550, 000 and 650, 000 and so on. Like I said earlier, be patient with us. This phase, too, shall soon pass,” Oyetola added.
Earlier, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, attributed the successful parley to high level of understanding displayed by the pensioners during the Abuja encounter.