By Abba Dukawa
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners has conferred on governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje the award of excellence of most Pensioner Friendly Governor.
The award was bestowed on him recently during the 11th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the union held at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.
The President of the union, Dr. Abel Afolanyan, in his speech appreciated Governor Ganduje for his support and performing creditably towards payment of retired workers’ pension.
According to him, the award is in recognition of Governor Ganduje’s excellent service to the nation and appreciation of his care and support for all pensioners in the state.
The President added: “In October last year, we were in Kano to commission a state of the art secretariat donated to the Kano State Council of the Union by the State Government.
“The state pension union re-emphasized that their governor is a listening leader, coincidentally also a pensioner and a man with human feeling.
“No doubt, Governor Ganduje has been recognized and honoured with the Award of Excellence and Pensioner Friendly Governor.”
Responding, Governor Ganduje, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, while thanking the union, said the conferment of the award is an encouragement to his administration to continue to give priority towards enhancing the lives of the retired workers in the state.
“I am indeed proud of the union and wish to assure of continued support and cooperation to it in order to achieve its goals,” Ganduje said.
He pointed out that his administration has never failed in the payment of monthly pension to the pensioners since its inception from 2015 to date.
The governor also appreciated the harmonious relationship that exists between his administration and pensioners in the state.
He however assured that very soon all arrears of other benefits would be settled.
Dignitaries who spoke during the occasion included the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, represented by the Permanent Secretary; the Chairman of Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Sen. Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.
Highlights of the occasion included presentation of awards to governors of Lagos, Yobe, Borno and Oyo States also for their contribution and commitment to uplifting the welfare of retired workers.