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EKSG begins payment of gratuity to retirees

EKSG begins payment of gratuity to retirees

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
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In a bid to alleviate the suffering of the retirees in the state, Ekiti State Government has commenced the payment of gratuity to its retirees.

Speaking during the distribution of the cheques totalling one hundred million naira (N100 million) to the beneficiaries, the Governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi said he was aware that the monthly release of N100 million to defray the N12 billion debt would only cater for a sizeable number of the retirees on a monthly basis.

The Governor added that his administration is considering various options to liquidate the huge debt “in no distant time”.

The Governor acknowledged the contributions of the retirees to the success of his administration, the move which he said have contributed to the development of the state.

He reiterated the readiness of his administration to continue to alleviate the sufferings of the senior citizens by making regular payment of their benefits a top priority.

The Ekiti State Governor explained that the monthly release of N100 million is a demonstration of his commitment to ensuring that those who had used their productive years to serve the state have maximum enjoyment in their post-retirement years.

He however expressed regret that some of the retirees had died while waiting for their entitlements in the past four years in the state, the move which he attributed to poor governance by the immediate past administration in the state.

Earlier, the outgoing Executive Secretary in the Pension Transition Arrangement Department, Mr Akinjide Akinleye had put the indebtedness on gratuities in the State Civil Service at N12, 730,172,947.35.

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He stated that the last administration was committing N10 million monthly to the payment of exit benefits; a gesture which would have seen the government clear the backlog in 100 years.

Akinleye disclosed that 88 pensioners would benefit from the monthly release of N100 million.

Also speaking, the Chairman, of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Ekiti state chapter, Elder Ayo Kumapayi thanked the Governor for increasing the monthly gratuity from N10 million to N100 million, saying the gesture has renewed hope of receiving the exit benefits among the pensioners.

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