*Promises prompt payment of pension to senior citizens
key members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Igbo-Eze North Local Government in Enugu State on Thursday blessed the gubernatorial ambition of their son, Senator Ayogu Eze, who is the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, offering to work for his victory during the 2019 general elections.
In a meeting with the candidate in Abuja on Thursday the leaders which included Hon. Dennis Agbo, PDP member, House of Representatives, representing Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency, Dr. Serah Adukwu-Bolujoko, Managing Director, Titsall Global Schools, National President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Nigeria (NAPPS) and former President and Chairman of Council, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) as well as H. E. Amb. Fidel Ayogu, former APP Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, former Nigerian ambassador to Uganda and former Commissioner for Environment in Enugu State, pledged to back Senator Eze’s candidature with all their teeming supporters.
In a very emotional chit-chat yesterday in Abuja the political gladiators embraced Senator Eze, and described him as the best candidate to take Enugu to the next level.
They further offered to provide all necessary support to ensure Eze wins the governorship election holding in March next year, their membership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party notwithstanding.
Responding, Senator Eze assured them that Enugu under his leadership will experience unprecedented transformational development while getting its fair share of presence from the ruling party at the Federal level.
Eze added that he has designed a robust programme of action that will boost economic growth in Enugu and take development to all the nooks and cranies of the state.
He also assured workers of prompt payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions to ensure that retirees will have no cause to regret having utilized their youthful energy in the service of their State.
Meanwhile, worried by the increasing number of pensioners who die while waiting to be paid, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator, Ayogu Eze has assured pensioners that when elected he will ensure prompt payment of pensions and other entitlements to senior citizens in the State.
The Senator who made the point while unveiling some of his campaign materials said the sad news of deaths of pensioners while waiting for their entitlement gives the impression that “our society is not grateful for the services rendered in their active period.”
According to him, “we are not happy that our pensioners are not paid on time. When we come in May next year, by June we will look for money to clear the arrears of pension.
“We should show that our people are grateful for the services of these sets of Nigerians who gave their productive years to the service of the country,” Eze said.
“As people are leaving service, their pension will be ready and kept in escrow accounts so they can be paid as soon as they leave.”
On the raging minimum wage debate, Eze said as governor, he would implement the proposed minimum wage of N30k for the state workers.
He said the APC government would work to return the internally generated revenue of the state to the Sullivan era so as to be able to get fund the welfare package for workers.
The event was marked by the launch of his manifesto, which detailed his plans for the State.