The National Association of Retired Para- Military officer ( NARPO ) held their Annual meeting and election recently in Abuja.
The Annual meeting which was a two days event captured important discussion that will promote the unity of the pensioners in this Country. The association also is expected to conduct election at the end of the annual meeting to elect new leadership that will drive the wheel of the Union.
The Assistant controller General of the correctional service ( Rtd), Comrade Victor OGBEBOR who spoke to our correspondent at the event, expressed satisfaction for the turn out of the delegates across the States. While speaking on the condition of the Union , he said the Union is in great shape and everything is in order.
According to him the government is trying for the pensioners. ” there is no month we have not received our money, he added. He said despite the economic hardship and high cost of living in the country, we received our pension as at when due.
” He says that government should not be push before doing some certain things, especially any matters that was entrenched in the constitution. He recounted how there was struggled with government at industrial court about the salary increments for the serving officers, which by law applicable to the Retired officers , before government adhered to them . He pleaded with government not to be pushed before adherence to some certain issues of life.
Speaking on the insecurity, he said it is worrisome but with God the narrative will change one day . He added that government should intensify efforts to put smile on people as regard the security of this country. Many people hardly travel on road as not every body can afford flight ticket.
” He charged the delegates to take care of their health and do good. He said the secret of Longevity is doing good, doing good is the medicine to the Health. We should be satisfied with what we have and celebrate what we get , contentment is the life style of a wise.
Mr . Mustapha MUSA Mina, while speaking with A.M. News & TV about the election of the Union , charged the contestants to accept the spirit of oneness. The comrade contested for the vice president 2 , he promised to deliver unity among themselves and establish the spirit of togetherness if elected.
” He thanked the presidency for taking good care of their welfare at all time , and pleaded that what ever needed should be attend to with urgency of time .
The deputy comptroller correctional service ( Rtd) Mr. Goodwin ALI , said that this year annual meeting and election will bring better shape and more understanding to the union to pursue the needed agenda that will redefining them . ” According to him the government is doing them well but the issues of total final emoluments for the retirees should be put in better calculation.
” He maintained that we are out for collective agenda , our interest is one , we don’t want any of us to be vulnerable. He advised that new leadership of the Union should do the needful to protect their interest.
In the same vein , Hon. Aja WAKIA Ali the NARPO Chairman Borno State , preached the ideas of oneness among themselves as there is no time to waste . He said is satisfied with the welfare of the pensioners in Nigeria. He charged members not to be left alone in any matters bothering them , we are out to care for one another.
The Senior Special Adviser to Borno State Governor on Education matters, reiterated his commitment to work hard to bring the Banner of the pensioners up if elected as the assistant Secretary General of the Union. He charged Government to look into the issues of underpayment and Harmonisation matters with urgency of time.
Comrade Musa KAYODE was declared a winner as the National president . in his short addressed, he thanked the participants and delegates across the States for the the Honour and privilege bestow on him to be elected. He promised to carry everyone along and to raise the Banner of the pensioners up at all cost.
” He stressed the need for more unity and cooperation to achieve the needed objectives. He said although I am not the best but I am the choice of the people for now
The meeting and election was done peacefully