By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has approved almost half a billion naira to 734 pensioners who are retirees under the old pension scheme.
The pensioners are retirees of Local Government Staff and Primary School teachers.
The Governor, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Staff Pension Bureau, Mr Akibu Ibrahim, said that the retirees who are under the old pension scheme have been captured in the tranche.
Part of the statement reads, “This is to inform the general public that the Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has approved almost half a billion naira to 734 pensioners who are retirees under the old pension scheme, that are Local Government Staff and Primary school teachers.
“Sequel to this, the affected pensioners who have less than five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) balance with the state government are to visit the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau for proper documentation and payment.
Recall, Governor Adeleke promised not to take with levity the welfare of the people of Osun, hence his resolve to continue to pay the inherited debt by the previous government and offsetting backlog of workers’ salary and pensions.
He said his administration is focused and committed to offsetting all outstanding salaries and pensions of workers in the State
Adeleke explained that his major focus is how best to resolve all outstanding workers-related debts, saying it is unacceptable for a government to treat its pensioners the way the past government had done saying, “I had decided never to follow that path. Workers, in and out of service, deserve their due emoluments.