A few days before the inauguration of the next president, the South-West chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has called on the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to come up with policies that will improve the living standard of its members when he assumes office.
The NUP urged Tinubu to ensure his administration takes the welfare of the retirees as a top priority.
The leadership of the NUP in the zone appealed Akure, the Ondo State capital after their zonal meeting attended by the unions’ officers from Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Oyo and Ondo States.
Speaking, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of the union, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, who is also the Secretary of the Oyo State NUP, commended the outgoing administration over the good welfare packages pensioners enjoyed in the last eight years, urging Tinubu to emulate the gesture.
Abatan said, “Of all presidents produced in Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has been the most pensioners friendly in terms of addressing our issues and keeping to the constitutional provision that anytime workers’ salaries are increased, pension is also increased, we thank him for that.
“We are also using this opportunity to appeal to the incoming President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to please take the steps that will make him a pensioners’ friendly president also, and improve on what President Buhari has done for us.
“We want him to be good to pensioners as he takes the mantle of leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29.”
The NUP lauded the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, for being the first governor in Nigeria to approve the consequential adjustment in the pension of retirees, calling on other southwest governors to emulate the same.
Abatan appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, in some states to always assist NUP in defending the interest of pensioners.
“The governor has started paying the consequential adjustment and has also improved on what he met on ground, to that extent, the national headquarters of NUP will give Governor Akeredolu an award during the NEC meeting coming soon,” he stated.