The Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, yesterday said that the present administration in Oyo State has paid over N14Billion on Gratuities, while about 5,000 beneficiaries have benefited from the exercise.
He said this after receiving an award of Excellence tagged ‘Defender of Pensioners’ at a Gala Night and Award Giving Ceremony organised by Nigeria Union of Pensioners, held on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
The award was presented by the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), South West Zone, to the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism alongside other Awardees.
He revealed that the Oyo State Government under Makinde’s leadership has placed premium priority on the public service, including pensioners.
Olatunbosun therefore dedicated the Award to Governor Seyi Makinde, who he described as the people’s Governor, commending him for the priority given to the welfare of the pensioners in Oyo State.
The awardee further dedicated the award to all the downtrodden pensioners that suffered throughout the eight years of past administration.
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”
“In all, the four sets of awardees here today are men of timber and caliber. I congratulate you for entering our Hall of Fame, I can only wish you more enduring successes in life,” Comrade Waheed Oloyede said.
Among the awardees were former Senator ‘Soji Akanbi; National Vice Chairman, NUP, Comrade Tunde Ayo Kumapayi and the General Secretary, NUP, Elder Actor Zal.