BY Gbenga Ariyibi
LABOUR Party Candidate, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, has promised to place pension on first line charge, to make payments regular, if elected governor of the state.
He made the promise yesterday, in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting with the members of the Ekiti State chapter of Nigeria Union Pensioners.
Currently, the state government is said to owe pensioners an arrears of one billion Naira.
To achieve prompt payment of pensions and make delay in the payment of pension and gratuities a thing of the past in the state, Bamidele said he intends to inject it into the budget.
The lawmaker, who decried backlog of pension arrears owed the senior citizens said they would be accorded topmost priority in the Labour Party government.
Bamidele said about N112 million would be committed to the cause within the first 11 months of his administration. He said: “We will run programmes and policies that will make you proud pensioners again.
Delay in the payment of pension will be addressed budgetarily by making it a first line charge.” The LP gubernatorial candidate who described pensioners as critical stakeholders in the state, said he will tap their advice to develop the state.
“I will work with you as stakeholders and tap into your sincere advice,”, adding that children of the pensioners would be given special consideration in all employment process.