Prof. Protus Nathan Uzoma, renowned human right activist and politician has made case for the good welfare of Imo pensioners otherwise known as old citizens.
Uzoma who disclosed this during his birthday celebration which he marked with them at their Owerri Secretariat on Monday expressed dismay over what he described as pitiful condition of the pensioner in the state.
According to him, the inability of the state government to pay adequate attention to the welfare of the pensioners in the state is most regrettable, unacceptable and a height of man inhumanity to man.
Hence, in a bid to improve on the wellbeing of the Imo old citizens whom he described as state builders, the academician launched a welfare fund through which money could be raised to cater for the pensioners’ welfare.
He therefore called on well meaning Imolites, hospitals and organizations to partner in effort to uplift the condition of the pensioners by donating through the fund.
In his remark, the State Chairman, National Union of Pensioners, Chief Nwokedi Donatus showered encomiums on Protus for finding them worthy to share his day with them and prayed God to avail him more wisdom, grace, good health, long and prosperous years ahead.
Also Rev. Fr. Ifeanyichukwu Obiyo, Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Arnold Wilson, Barr. Austin Otuokere, representative of Chief Ikedi Ohakim and some 2019 governorship aspirants, including Dr. Okey Eze, Prof. Jude Njoku, Chief Frank Nneji and others who spoke at the event and to newsmen commended the celebrant for his thoughtfulness and humanitarian disposition.
According to them the idea of one using the occasion of his birthday celebration to identify with the Imo pensioners and to seek ways to better their lots is not only commendable, challenging but worth of emulation.
“I think what Protus did today is very commendable. He has done it before when he celebrated with prisoners. He has shown some humanitarian innovations and we must commend him.”Okey Eze said.
“It is a wonderful idea that a person of his personality and carriage would remember pensioners and celebrate with them. I feel very happy with him and I think he has made a very important point with today’s event.
“I think the condition of pensioners in the state is one thing that gives great concern. To that extent, the effort of Protus to revive their spirit; make them happy; make them feel loved and remembered is a wonderful step in the right direction.” Otuokere added.
Highlights of the event include the donation of N500,000 and other amount of money into the newly launched Pensioner’s Welfare Fund by the celebrant and his invited guests and the cutting of the birthday cake with the Imo old citizens.
Other guests at the birthday event were Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, former Vice Chancellor, IMSU, Prof. Francis Dike, Mr. Innocent Igwe, Imo NUJ Chairman, Chief Ezeogu, among many others.