AKURE—THE ongoing verification exercise ordered by the Federal Government for its pensioners Monday claimed the life of an 80- year-old pensioner; Olusa Ayodele, who slumped and died while waiting to be screened in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Late Ayodele according to investigation, retired in 1984 from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
The deceased who was said to have been brought to the venue of the screening exercise by his 30-year-old son Deji, died before he could be rushed to the hospital.
Before he gave up the ghost, the deceased was said to have vomited twice after he arrived the venue from their Akumu Akoko country home.
The late Ayodele was said to have complained of stomach upset and that efforts by his son to make the verification officials attend to him because of his illness failed.
Speaking with newsmen, his son Deji, said his father had malaria and was on medication in the last one week.
He said: “My father was sick and this made it difficult for him to walk. I had to back him to this place. When he started vomiting, I shouted for help but there were no medical personnel on ground to offer first aid treatment.”
The corpse of the deceased was left on the floor at the venue for hours until the attention of the state government was drawn to it when the news got to the Head of Service, Mr. Ajose Kudehinbu, who rushed to the scene and directed the state’s hospitals management board to send an ambulance to the place to take the deceased to his home town.
The screening committee declined comment but the Secretary of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Prince Adejare Adesida, blamed the incident on the slow procedure adopted by the committee members.
Speaking with Vanguard, some of the pensioners wondered why the ”screening committee, which made each of the 5,000 pensioners to buy a form at N500 should not provide necessary logistics to take care of the aged people.
They kicked against the use of one single computer set to screen the over 5,000 people.