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NUP fetes past leaders By Nick Chibunna

Members of the immediate past executive of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Imo State Chapter, led by High Chief (Dr) Emeka Onwumere were last Wednesday feted by the Union for their services to the union.

The event which took place at the Union’s headquarters Owerri, Imo State capital was graced by special invitees, friends of the Union and dignitaries, within and outside Imo State.

It was a jubilation galore as members who laboured for the Union, in the past wee splashed with various gifts while some received awards and souvenir.

In his opening remarks, the State Chairman of NUP, High Chief, Sir G.U. Ezeji thanked all who endeavoured to be part of the epoch making event.  He said the occasion was to encourage hard work by appreciating the efforts of the immediate past executive ably led by High Chief (Dr) Emeka Onwumere who is the chief guest of honour.

He used the occasion to appeal to members of the Union to continue to persevere inspite of all problems they are facing, adding that the Union is still in pains, while efforts are being made to alleviate their sufferings.  He once more appealed to the pensioners-friendly governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to come to the rescue of the retired primary school teachers who are still being owed ten months arrears of pension.

In an address presented by the Union, and read by the State Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the planning committee for the occasion, Chief D.S. Nwokedi, the union extolled the virtues and the contributions of the members of the immediate past executive. The Union specifically paid glowing tribute to the former chairman, High Chief Emeka Onwumere, describing him as a visionary leader, without him, the history of the Union in Imo State would be incomplete.

The same accolade went to Chief B.O. Nnodi, the immediate past State Secretary who the Union said sacrificed almost everything to keep the body afloat.

The Union also eulogized High Chief Sir G.U. Ezeji, the present State Chairman, describing him as visionary leader who has taken the club of the senior citizens to a greater height.

The occasion featured praise and prayer sessions.  All the recipients who responded to the gesture expressed their profound gratitude to the Union for remembering them.  They prayed to God to continue to sustain the Union and give the present executive the enablement to lead well.  They also made case for loyalty among members.

Also responding, Chief Onwumere who is also the present national vice Present of NUP, made strong case for the harmonization pension. He said a situation where members receive peanuts as monthly pension tantamounts to national  punishment.

Fielding questions from journalists after the event, the State NUP boss, Sir G.U. Ezeji said that until the Union gets to the of Promised Land the struggle continues.

According to him, we are here to honour our veterans who had served the Union with all their strength.


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