The National Union of Pensioners has honoured fours governors with different Awards.
According to the Union, the four Governors were honoured following their exceptional commitment to the welfare of the pensioners.
The Awards were given at the 11th National Delegates Conference of the Union held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The President of the Union, Dr. Abel O. Afolayan said that the four governors have shown commitment and dedication in paying of Pensions and gratuity to the retirees in their states.
According to him, other governors have not done well in their pension administration
The four governors include, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State who he said has cleared all the liabilities of pension arrears he inherited from the past administration within a space of two years.
Others are Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and Seyi Makinde of Oyo state
The Minister of Labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Yerima Tafa, said the federal government is mindful of the sacrifices of the senior citizens towards the development of the country . He pledged the commitment of the federal government to improve the welfare of pensioners in the country.
Also speaking at the conference, the Chairman, Senate committee on establishment and public service, Sen. Ibrahim Shakarau, said the Senate has set up a committee that will deliberate on a workable Pension Scheme for the country. The committee will also ensure that states implement existing pension obligations.
The President of Nigeria Labor Congress, Comr. Ayuba Wabba stated that some states treat their Pensioners as lepers, adding that the conditions of the Pensioners have become lamentable.
According to him, Nigeria should not expect progress when people who have worked for the progress the nation are not being rewarded accordingly.
He commended Jigawa, Borno,Yobe, Lagos and Oyo state Governors who have been committed in payment of Pensions and gratuities in their various states.
He however condemned Imo state where according to him over 40 percent of Pensioners have not been enrolled in the Pension payroll and therefore were not paid.
The 11th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Pensioners Union will last for two days to review their activities and elect leaders for the next four Years.