Origho, who disclosed this during the 2015 National Pensioners’ Day celebration organized in Asaba by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Delta State Council, said that the state government, under the leadership of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, was committed to the welfare of pensioners in the state.
According to him, the Okowa’s administration in the state was ready to address some of the challenges confronting pensioners in the state within the limit of available resources in order to enhance their standard of living, adding that with good nutrition and peace of mind, pensioners could live for longer years.
While soliciting for their prayers and advice that would enable those still in service render qualitative service delivery to Deltans, the HOS urged them to offer useful suggestions that would uplift the state civil service.
Earlier, the state Chairman of NUP, Ogbueshi Robert Chukwunyem, had appealed to Federal Government to make the Pensioners Day a public holiday for all workers throughout the federation, so as to celebrate with their retired colleagues, saying that through the public holiday, if declared, the Pensioners Day would make greater impact.
Ogbueshi Chukwunyem enumerated some of the challenges facing members of the union to include non-implementation of the 33 per cent pension increase; non-implementation of the constitutional provision of the free service for the aged, who are 65years of age and above; delayed payment of monthly pensions and short payment of entitlements as well as non-harmonization with local government benefits for those in the new contributory pension scheme among others.
While appealing to the state government to help the union in addressing its numerous challenges, also, reiterated the union’s appeal for allocation of a piece of land measuring 200ft by 200ftfor erection of secretariat complex that would accommodate offices, conference room and guest rooms from the state government.