By Tope Sunday, IlorinLOCAL Government
pensioners in Kwara State
yesterday called on the state
government to extend all
the benefits of the functional
health insurance schemes to
them.
The pensioners also
cautioned that the scheme
should not be seen as the
exclusive preserve for
politicians and their families,
adding that they should be
well catered for under it.
The secretary of the union,
Alhaji Saad Oladimeji who
spoke to journalists in Ilorin
during a free medical care
for pensioners in Ilorin
sponsored by Mike Omotosho
Foundation, lamented that
non-payment of over eight
months pension arrears to
his members had further
caused their health status to
deteriorating.
The pensioners’ scribe said:
“We are dying every time not
every day, some of us have
asthma, high blood pressure,
we don’t have money to buy
drugs and go to the hospital.
This programme will bring a
lot of relive to us.”
The founder of the
foundation, Dr. Mike
Omotosho had earlier
explained that the scheme
was floated to cater for the
health and well being of the
people ‘‘irrespective of status,
class and creed going by our
mission statement, ‘Meddling
for Impact.’”
He added: “Our free
medical outreach, which has
significantly improved the
health status of our people,
is devoid of political gains,
and there should not be any
colouration to it.”
Represented by thecoordinator of the
programme, Hajia Lawal
Taiye, Omotosho said
“the rationale behind this
medical outreach today
transcends politics or any
other sentimental motive.
We are of the view that
government cannot solely
attend to the needs of the
people, consequently the
onerous responsibility lies
with us as a community and
as individuals to contribute
our quota to the well being
of our people, especially
the aged with particular
reference to the retirees

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