Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari yesterday said he has spent over N20 billion on the payment of pension and gratuities of the state and local government retires since 2015.
The governor, who disclosed this in Katsina while receiving the state branch of the Nigeria Association of Pensioners and Concerned Pensioners for Masari, stated that a committee in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) had been set up by his administration to ensure the take of the state contributory pension scheme.
This, he said, has become imperative considering the huge financial implication of the payment of pension and gratuities which had been on the sharp increase.
Masari, also expressed concern over the reports of sharp practices being perpetuated by some bad elements among the pensioners, government officials and even in the courts handling pension’s related matters.
Giving a breakdown of the N20 billion payment, the governor said over N11 billion was paid in the first trench in 2015 while the second trench gulped N7.4 billion in 2016 followed by over N4 billion paid out between January and April last year.
Masari, who expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the bail-out funds and the Paris Club loan refund that made the payment of the backlog of the pension and gratuities possible, assured the retirees that after the on going verification of their May 2017 to last December’s entitlements, the payment would continue.
Earlier, the state chairman of the pensioners association, Balarabe Daura, commended the 33 per cent increase in their pension.
under the present administration and declared their support for the governor to seek reelection in 2019 based on his commitment to their welfare and other accomplishments.
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