By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo
The umbrella body of Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP has harped on the need for government at all levels to look into the welfare package for the members of the union who have worked assiduously for their fatherland so as to let them enjoy after retirement.
The Secretary General of the union, Elder Actor Zal stated this at the inauguration of Osun women wing of the union in Osogbo over the weekend .
According to him, government at all levels should make the welfare of the pensioners a priority in other to elongate their lifespan.
The secretary general who was represented by Mrs Mabawonku D. noted that, pension arrears and gratuity due to the pensioners should be at the front list of any government as the pensioners have toiled day and night in serving their father’s land and need to enjoy the fruit of their hard labour after retirement.
Actor Zal who admonished the newly inaugurated women’s wing to cooperate and work hand in hand with the state body of the union noted that, doing that will enhance productivity of the state executive.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the state chairman of the union, Alhaji Ganiyu Olasunkanmi Salawu said, the state chapter of the union have been facing a lot of challenges most especially the unpaid pension arrears.
He said, the union has embarked on various strategies aimed at addressing them some according to him included peaceful rallies, negotiations with government and recent court action at National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Akure.
Salawu however enjoined the members of the newly inaugurated women wing to cooperate with one another for the achievement of the desired objectives of the wing.
In her speech, the state coordinator of the women wing, Mrs Ronke Aderibigbe thanked the state executive for deeming it fit to inaugurate the women wing of the union.
Aderibigbe said, the newly inaugurated women wing has blue print of anchoring empowerment programs aimed at prolonging the lifespan of the pensioners in the state.
She said, having acknowledged the enormous challenges faced by the women pensioners in the state and the severely limited resources available to meet these ever- increasing and compelling demands, her executive are ready to work in tandem with the rules and regulations of the union in achieving these predetermined purpose with the assistance of the state executive.