Senior citizens and pensioners in Oyo State have expressed confidence in Governor Seyi Makinde-led Government that their well-being will be much improved should the current administration is extended through the re-election of the Oyo State governor.
This was the recommendation of the about 1,000 senior citizens and pensioners who benefited from the medical outreach organised by a professional group, Omituntun Initiative in Diaspora (OID) in support of the Governor Makinde-led administration, at the Oyo State Pensioners House, Onireke, Ibadan, on Saturday.
The Commissioner for Works in Oyo State Professor Daud Sangodoyin thanked the beneficiaries for putting their trust in the government and appreciated the unflinching support of the pensioners in Oyo State for the people’s governor, Seyi Makinde.
Oyo News reports that Sangodoyin called on the people to come out en-masse to vote the Governor Makinde for a second term in office, adding that, “More people-oriented policies are being prepared in the Omituntun 2.0 Government of Seyi Makinde.”
Also, speaking at the event, the Physician in-charge of the outreach Dr Olufemi Olowookere expressed satisfaction on the care being administered to the pensioners and senior citizens during the programme.
He said more of such medical outreach is needed in the country to alleviate the sufferings of the aged and pensioners.
“We are here to render some assistance to our community, especially the older people as kind of dividends of democracy to the people because older people do not have access to social security in this country and this is what our Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde is doing here through Oyo State Health Insurance Agency and building of Primary health centers across the state which is highly commendable.
In his remarks, speaking with the newsmen at the event, the Vice-Chairman Oyo State Union of Pensioners, Pastor James Ayoade, appreciated the organisers and described the Governor Makinde has a promise keeper who has not only kept the promises made to pensioners, but has improved their standard of living and now people regard them as important persons in the society.
One of the beneficiaries Prince Shina Oyelakin applauded Governor Makinde for his strive in changing the fortunes of the Oyo State. He also commended Omituntun Initiative in the Diaspora for putting such a medical intervention in place at this period in time.
“I wish him (the people’s governor) the best in whatever he lays his hands upon, we are ready again to vote massively for Seyi Makinde,” he prayed.
Another pensioner, Mr Abiola Adegoke 69-years-old who benefited from the medical outreach, expressed his gratitude to the organisers and prayed for Governor Makinde. He said: “I have stopped disturbing people including my daughter for financial assistance for the past 3 years, as my pension and gratuity entitlements are paid regularly by Seyi Makinde. We are so grateful and proud of our son, the Governor”, he said.
He then urged the good citizens of the State to vote and re-elect Governor Makinde to continue his good work.
Similarly another beneficiary, madam Remilekun Annah Arowolo says Pensioners are solidly behind Governor Makinde affirming they are fully ready to give him their votes again next Saturday.
“We retirees want to thank Seyi Makinde and he should be hopeful because all retirees are solidly behind him for second term.
All senior citizens were given different medical attention with medications, dental treatment, including eyeglasses free of charge.
Various medical cases attended to includes eye cares and checks, sugar level check for diabetics, blood pressure checks, general medical consultations among others.
The OID medical outreach beneficiaries promise to vote for Governor Makinde again come Saturday March 11 2023.
The chants of the good works and welfare programmes the senior citizens and pensioners had benefited from Governor Makinde rented the air at the event venue, while others with passion prayed for the re-election of Governor Makinde.