Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, South West Zone has held its second edition of Gala and Award Night at the Oyo State Pensioners House, Agbarigo, Onireke, Ibadan, where some distinguished personalities were honoured for their various contributions to the growth of the union and its members.
Pensioners FM Correspondent, who was presented at the event filed in this report.
It was another night of glitz and glamour at the Oyo State Pensioners House Agbarigo as Senior citizens and their families and friends in the southwest zone graced the second edition of the union’s gala and award night to appreciate individuals and members who have contributed to the union in the zone.
Chairman South West Zone, Comrade Waheed Oloyede, in a welcome address, appreciated all the state councils for their cooperation and enthusiasm towards the zonal meetings held since the beginning of 2022.
Comrade Oloyede ‘also appealed to governors in the southwest zone to implement the various pension adjustment policies approved for pensioners since the last 10 years.
What gave birth to the South-West Zonal Council, Ogun State NUP Secretary, Comrade Bola Lawal, said it all started on the 2nd of October 1984, during the military regime, when some civil servants were asked to retired compulsorily, with no payment of entitlements and nobody to fight for their rights.
Explaining issues on Health of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Southwest perspectives, Public Relations Officer of Southwest Zone, NUP, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, said the union recently raised concern that the health of some members of the union may be in jeopardy, if something concrete is not done on time, saying a stitch in time saves nine.
Highpoint of the Gala night was award presentation to some distinguished personalities, including General Secretary, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Elder Actor Zal, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ogun State, Comrade Olusegun Lawal, Oyo State Honourable Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Alhaji Siju Lawal and Ogun State, Head of service, Dr Nafiu Aigoro
Responding on behalf of other awardees, Comrade Lawal appreciated NUP south west zone for the award, promising that they will keep prioritising the welfare of the union and its members.
The event was rounded off with sumptuous meals, healthy drinks and different dancing steps by the elders to soft old rhythms from the music box of a disc jockey.