Kwara State Commissioner for Communication, Alhaji Olarewaju Muritala has said the N100 million the present administration set aside, on a monthly basis, to offset the backlog of gratuities and the regular payment of pension were premised on its compassion to better the lots of the senior citizens.
In a statement, signed by the press secretary in the Ministry on Friday, Ayobola Olupinla, Commissioner argued that such a move has gone a long way to reshaping lives of the affected people, thereby halting the usual account of ordeals and premature deaths among the retirees in the state.
Olarewaju said ever since Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq came on board payment of pension has been frequent and that the gesture manifests how he is sensitive about the welfare of pensioners.
He said these people are not expected to enjoy anything less, given that they had paid their due while in active services, adding however that no responsible government will play down the essence of the elderly ones in a given society. He maintained that old age is a period when there could be increasing need for medical checkups and treatments of ailments, saying such could be hampered when there is no fund.
Olarewaju, who, also, is a pensioner, pointed out that the government is doing everything it can to impress the retirees, an action, he observed, signals hope for those in the service, with regard to life after retirement.
The Commissioner, who noted with joy the Governor’s kind-heartedness towards all matters of importance, said it is hard to believe that the state is gifted a leader that has not only desired to right every wrong he inherited but is also conscious of the time within which to effect this mission.
While commending the Governor for being at the forefront of giving the masses the best they deserve from his government, he beseeched Kwarans, especially the retirees to continue to rally round the government for it to succeed.
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