The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, flagged off the programme at the state secretariat in Abere, Osun State, on Wednesday.
“We discover that the critical problem is not just unpaid pensions. Even when paid regularly, the bulk of the fund goes into managing health challenges. Our report concluded that almost eighty percent of pensioners’ problem centers around health questions. It was at this point that we decided to address the root cause.”
Speaking, the Executive Secretary, Osun Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Rasak Akindele, assured that all the 19,000 retirees would be enrolled in the health scheme.
Also, speaking, President of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Osun State Chapter, Alhaji Ganiyu Salawu, lauded the governor for the kind gesture and acknowledged that it is more appropriate than giving them money.