…as Abatan, Other NUP Excos receive integrity awards
The State Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has expressed delight with Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde’s untiring commitment to the welfare of pensioners of the state, despite the state’s lean resources and the nation’s economic challenges.
Speaking today, after being conferred with the title of Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience by the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation the Secretary of NUP, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, described Makinde as “a pensioner-friendly governor”.
The Centre also conferred its highest title of Integrity Icon of Nigeria, IION, on the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr. Isiaka Abolade.
Responding after an award was conferred on him and other Executives of the union, the Scribe of the union, Com. Olusegun Abatan disclosed that the Union is surprised by the unscheduled visit of the Non-Governmental Organisation, noting that the award will spur them to do more.
He said the Centre has made history by being the first NGO that will recognise the entire leadership of the Union, as it serves its people.
While thanking the State Executives of the Union for being part of the leadership process, he described them as resourceful and resilient executives.
The Unionist applauded Governor Makinde’s style of leadership, noting that his administration has endeared him to Pensioners in the Staye.
“I want to thank you, the leadership of Centre for Ethics and Self Value. For an organisation from far away Lokoja to give us this awards, this shows that people are watching us”, he said.
“Governor Seyi Makinde has given us a conducive environment. These people that are looking robust and maybe marriageable in their 60s and 70s would have given you a different picture, five to six years ago, when pensions were not paid as at when due”, he said.
According to him, “With the coming of Engr. Seyi Makinde, we experienced a shower of blessings and comfort. Pensions are now paid as at when due. In fact, pensions are paid on 25th day of the month”.
Abatan therefore commended Makinde’s steadfastness saying, “the Governor has paid more than 9 billion naira in gratuity. It is only Seyi Makinde that is paying the highest volume of gratuity in Nigeria. This is why we are solidly behind him, cos we don’t want to go back to Egypt. Pensioners don’t die in droves anymore”.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to discharge our duties in line with best practices to ensure that the Union fights for the rights of its people.”
The Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation, an NGO based in Lokoja, Kogi State, thereafter presented an award of Integrity Icon of Nigeria to the Chairman and Secretary, NUP.
Speaking through the Executive Director of the NGO, Ethicist Musa Yakubu, the Centre stated that the title was exclusively reserved for public officials not found wanting on corruption.
Yakubu noted that the Executives of the Union had demonstrated character, which distinguished them among other Unions.
He said the title of Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience, conferred on Com. Abatan is given to citizens with conscience, noting that none of the state branches is as well organized and structured as oyo state.
He also commended the Chairman of the Union for creating an enabling environment for the secretariat to flourish, adding that his positive and clean antecedents paved way for the Union’s successes.
Yakubu added that the title conferred on the Chairman was the NGO’s highest, with the likes of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a one-time Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Others in the Hall of Fame are the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Chief Emeka Anyoaku, Emmanuel Inwayawun, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Ibrahim Idris former IGP, Femi Otedola, Oba Orangun of Oke-Ila among others.
The Chairman and Secretary were also issued an Ethical Leadership and Conduct Certificate.
According to Yakubu, the NGOs had embarked on a secret investigation of union to carry out extensive independent finding on its projects.
He noted that the organisation focuses on promoting ethical leadership, providing ethical education and engaging in self-orientation of citizens.
According to the Executive Director, one of its core mandates is also to hold leaders accountable to citizens and in doing this, they set out to work without interference.
Commending Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration in Oyo State, Yakubu said, “As far as the Country is concerned, the most Pensioners-friendly Governor we have found is Governor Makinde”.
“He is one of the six least corrupt and ethical responsible governors. We therefore declared Oyo State Union of Pensioners first position overall among the 37 states.”
He applauded the quality of organization put in place by the union, descriving it as incomparable, adding that the Union has been presented a Corporate certificate of credence.
“Corporately too, we have equally issued certificate of credence to NUP as an entity, which enlisting it, is among the top least corrupt unions in the country.”
Yakubu also declared the Secretary, Comrade Olusegun Abatan a Solomon of Wisdom and Democrat per excellence.
Ethicist Yakubu also awarded other members of the Union executives individually with the Professional Ethics Compliance certificates, for their proactiveness.
The Executive Director noted that based on what they had seen in the union, the NGO would train Members of the Executive on sustained on life after retirement.
He added that, as a way of giving back to the union, Staff members of Pensioners FM would be trained on Expected ethical conducts and leadership in a workplace.