By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Oyo State branch, has commended the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for prompt payment of salaries and pension of workers on the payroll of Oyo State Civil Service.
The Pensioners, in a letter addressed to the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, and signed by the State Secretary of the Union, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, stated that for the first time in the history of Oyo state pensioners and workers salaries were received on the 25th of the month.
According to the pensioners, the development was a fulfilment of Makinde’s election promise to that effect.
The Pensioners also stated that it was commendable that Makinde ordered the payment of May salaries immediately he was sworn in as Governor on May 29.
According to the Pensioners, members of the Union were delighted following the fulfilment of Gov. Makinde’s pledge to put smile on faces of the Civil Servants and Pensioners by paying their salaries on 25th of every month.
According to the statement, “Oyo State Pensioners are highly delighted with His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the State, Sir ‘Seyi Makinde on his strides since he assumed the mantle of governance in Oyo State.
“For the first time in the history of Oyo State Pensioners and Workers, June 2019 pensions and salaries were paid on June 25, 2019, lending credence to His Excellency’s promise that salaries and pensions would be paid on the 25th of every month.”
The statement also appreciated the Governor for paying the pensions of both retired primary School Teachers and Local Government Pensioners in full compared to the previous administration that paid in percentages.
“The most pleasant is that Engr.’Seyi Makinde has put a stop to payment of retired Primary School Teachers and Local Government Pensioners in percentage and since he came on board retired Primary School Teachers have been paid their full pensions.
“Right at his inauguration, the Governor pledged his four-year salaries to the Payment of retired Primary School Teachers, Oyo State Pensioners couldn’t have got a better compassionate friend than Engr. Seyi Makinde.” it added.