Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun has said that the Seyi Makinde led administration has paid over N14 billion on gratuities, while about 5,000 beneficiaries have benefited from the exercise.
Dr. Olatubosun said this on Thursday after receiving an award of Excellence tagged ‘Defender of Pensioners’ at a Gala Night and Award Giving Ceremony organised by the Nigerian Union of Pensioners.
The commissioner said that governor Makinde has placed premium priority on the public service, including pensioners.
He dedicated the award to Makinde describing him as the people’s governor and commended him for the priority given to the welfare of the pensioners in Oyo State.
Olatubosun further dedicated the award to all the downtrodden pensioners whom he said suffered throughout the eight years of past administration.
The award was presented by the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), South West Zone, to the commissioners alongside other awardees.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, NUP, Comrade Waheed Oloyede, described Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun as a lover and defender of Pensioners, who has supported their course without any bias.
He congratulated the awardee for entering the Union’s Hall of Fame, wishing him more enduring successes in life.
“The Honourable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Oyo State, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun is a lover and defender of Pensioners both inside and outside of the state cabinet, everywhere he finds himself. He is proudly our own”, he said.
“I congratulate him and other awardees, we carefully selected them all over Nigeria based on their various contributions to the growth of Nigeria Union of Pensioners and their love for the society in general.”
Others who were awarded at the event are former Senator ‘Soji Akanbi; National Vice Chairman, NUP, Comrade Tunde Ayo Kumapayi and the General Secretary, NUP, Elder Actor Zal.
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