The Osun State Government has revealed that it is working on a plan to enrol contributory pensioners in the state health insurance scheme.
This is even as Governor Ademola Adeleke has issued a directive for the immediate payment of pension entitlements as planned in the template released earlier in 2023.
Adeleke dropped the hints while receiving leaders of thought from the state on Friday and noted that he has received many representations from the pensioners.
The governor restated his determination to address the issues in line with his campaign promises.
Acknowledging that the template released earlier in 2023 on the clearing of outstanding salaries and pensions is still in force, Governor Adeleke subsequently directed the Head of Service to fast-track the implementation by ensuring the payment of pension arrears.
“The template was created with an eye on gradual clearing of the salary and pension debts. This was in recognition of the financial status of the state which is well documented and known to the public. Our administration focuses on meeting the various needs of the state within a tight financial situation.
“Our administration is, however, prioritizing workers’ welfare which covers in and out of service workers. I restate our commitment to the welfare of our senior citizens, the pensioners. The phased payments is a standby directive and I assured our pensioners that they are not and cannot be forgotten,” the governor assured.
Dropping another hint of pro-pensioners plans, Governor Adeleke said his administration has put the finishing touches to a plan to enrol the pensioners under the state health insurance scheme to address their health needs.
“Our administration is working hard on health insurance enrollment for the pensioners. Our senior citizens need constant health attention. We think the best approach is to enrol them as that will ease the burden of treatment during their retirement. We are working on the details. Once it is finaliṣed, we will release it for immediate implementation,” Governor Adeleke said.