Oyo Government Buys Tricycles, Pays Backlog To Pensioners

Abiola Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi today approved the payment of the arrears of the 142% pension increase for pensioners in the state.

 

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi

Governor Ajimobi also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an automobile firm, DAG Motorcycle Industries Nigeria Limited, for the procurement and distribution of 1,000 units of tricycles for the people of the state.

Signing on behalf of the governor at different occasions are: by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Akin Olajide and the state Deputy Governor, Moses Alake Adeyemo.

At the signing of the agreement between the government and the state branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, Gov. Ajimobi represented by Alhaji Olajide said that the gesture was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to the welfare of the people of the state.

He said that the payment of the arrears, spanning five years and two months, would go a long way in mitigating the suffering of the pensioners who had not been fairly treated by the immediate past administration, assuring serving civil servants that their welfare would continue to be given priority by his administration.The Chairman of the state branch of NUP, Alhaji Lateef Adegoke expressed appreciation to the governor for approving the payment of the arrears which his members had been struggling for in the last six years.

According to him, “It is indeed a good development for pensioners in Oyo State. It is wonderful and unbelievable. We had been struggling for the payment in the last six years. The last administration gave us several promises to pay the money but they failed to fulfill the promises. In fact, they told us in October 2010 that by December of that year, the arrears would be paid. When we went back to them, they told us that there was no money to pay us as they were already preparing for campaign for their second term. That is why I am extremely grateful to Gov. Ajimobi who has graciously approved the payment of the arrears, just three months after he assumed office. This shows that the governor has the interest of his people at heart”.

The counsel to the union, Mr. Lasun Sanusi, SAN, described the event as epoch-making, stressing that it had put paid to the suffering to which the pensioners had been subjected in the last six years.Also, the governor, while speaking at the signing of MoU for the procurement of 1,000 tricycles, said it was part of the poverty alleviation programme of his administration.“It is our plan to ensure that every employable citizen of Oyo State is engaged and to ensure that the level of unemployment is grossly reduced. This is why we are entering into this agreement to make available 1,000 tricycles for our people,’’ Sen. Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Adeyemo, said.He urged the firm to establish an assembly plant in the state, assuring of good market for their products.The MoU, which covers supply of tricycles, spare parts and training, was signed on behalf of the state government by the deputy governor, while Mr. Firdous Ahmad signed on behalf of DAG Motorcycle Industries Nigeria Limited.The state Chairman of ACCOMMORAN, Mr. Peter Ademola Olanrewaju, also signed on behalf of his organization.

By Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan

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