Anglicans urge Akeredolu to pay pensioners, laud move against insecurity
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has been admonished to exhibit concern about the plight of pensioners in Ondo State by paying them their entitlements.
Anglicans in the Diocese On The Coast, Okitipupa Local Government, who made the appeal at their 2022 Synod held at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Odojomo Igbotako lamented the hardship being suffered by the ex-workers, most of who are in their old age, calling on the state government to give special attention to their plight.
The Synod also advised the government to consider payment of entitlements of its workers who died in active service over the years, noting that the children left behind by the late workers do not deserve to suffer on account of the authorities not paying their late parents’ pension and gratuity long after the necessary processes have been completed and approval given for payment. The delegates decried a situation where children of many of the deceased persons could not continue their education and meet other crucial financial obligations due to lack of money after their parents’ demise.
In his charge, the Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev’d Oluseyi Pirisola observed that the rate of kidnapping has reduced in the state. He commended Akeredolu administration’s move against insecurity, especially the establishment of the Amotekun security outfit.
The delegates decried the continued darkness in Ondo south due to disconnection from the national grid since 2014 and called for Akeredolu’s intervention to save the economies and social life of the affected local governments.
Among the dignitaries that attended the four-day event themed ‘Living To Please God’ Romans 8: 4 were Gen. Olu Bajowa (rtd); his wife and Regent of Ayeka, Princess Oluyemi Bajowa; Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo, The Most Rev’d Simeon Borokini; Rebuja of Osooro, Oba Gbadebo Bajowa; Oniju of Iju-Odo, Oba Festus Olumoyegun; Rt. Rev’d Ebenezer Okuyelu; Rt. Rev’d Oluwagbemiro Fabuluje and Rt. Rev’d Frederick Olugbemi.
The Synod urged the Federal Government to end the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, tackle insecurity and fight corruption effectively, just as it enjoined Nigerians to elect responsible leaders in 2023.