Pensioner slumps awaiting screening in Osun 


An aged member of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Osun state, Monday, slumped while waiting for the screening exercise organised by the state government.

The incident happened at the hills of the Center for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo.

Commotion broke out when the incident happened as it took some minutes before the victim could be rescued by the medics of the state ambulance service.

The pensioners, who had thronged the venue of the screening at the hills of CBCIU early in the morning, brought their food and drinks to meet up with the screening in anticipation of payment of their entitlements.

Some of the pensioners were assisted to the venue by children, relatives and grandchildren.

While some of them were standing, waiting for the screening exercise to commence, those who could not withstand it sat on the floor outside the venue of the screening.

One of the pensioners simply identified as Samuel Aduroja, decried the lack of proper arrangement for the aged ones by the handlers of the screening.

He noted that he did not oppose the screening but it should have been better arranged by either on zonal or local government for easy access by the people.

The consultant handling the screening exercise, Saadat Bakri-Ottun, was yet to arrive at the venue when the incident happened.

The state secretary of NUP, Dele Aina, told Blueprint correspondent that he had not seen the affected pensioner.

The civil servants had accused the consultant of unfair treatment and reported to the State House of Assembly.

The legislators had earlier suspended the exercise and later lifted the suspension after a promise by the consultant to be more professional in the discharge of her duty.