The Lagos State Council of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners has applauded the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for his achievements in developing the state to a Mega status and unflinching support to the Union in the last three years.
The Union who showed their appreciation with a solidarity walk in support of the Governor for his second term in office said that the move comes following an array of initiatives and intuitive programmes of the Governor which had improved their welfare.
The walk which terminated at the Lagos House Alausa saw the Pensioners singing solidarity songs to drum up support for the Governor.
State Chairman of the Union, Reverend Oluremi Johnson said their support is hinged on the Governor’s passion for retirees through prompt payment of their entitlements and renewed infrastructure across the state.
We are using this opportunity to thank and appreciate your excellency for the prompt payment of our monthly pensions. Please have the assurance of our Union’s support for your second term ambition.
This is because we have the belief that you will complete the assignment concerning the pensioners before the end of your first time tenure, while this will assist your second term election success. Johnson said
He stressed further: We vouch for your zeal regarding the payments of gratuity and pensions, both the Pay As You Go and the Contributory Pension that you inherited.
We can attest to the progress made on the Mega-City phenomenon such as various projects on expansion of roads, overhead bridges and this event was continued relentlessly.
Going forward, the Union Chairman on behalf of the members highlighted some pending request before the Governor which include; The Contributory pensions scheme 1% deduction, Harmonization issue and Utility vehicles request.
Others are Over-due 33.4% pension and 25% short payment saga among others.
Receiving the pensioners who presented a letter to the Governor, his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement Benjamin Olabinjo praised the support of the pensioners despite their old age.
Olabino appealed to them to ensure that they and their wards collect their Permanent Voters Card PVCs ahead of the 2019 general election.
Other pensioners also commended the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for Lagos State and enjoined him to pay more attention to the welfare of the aged in the state.
Source: Voice of Nigeria