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Edo Govt Pays LG Pension Arrears

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In fulfilment of his promise to defray pension arrears owed pensioners in Edo State, the governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has sustained the monthly N264 million payments to pensioners, to ensure the retirees enjoy their status as senior citizens of the state.

Permanent secretary, Edo State Pension Bureau, Mr. I.D.S Juwobor, explained that notices are published regularly for the pensioners to make themselves available for verification, after which their accounts are credited.

“The payment plan is seamless and hassles-free, in recognition of the status of our pensioners as men and women who have contributed immensely to the development of our state.

“The pensioners appreciate the efforts of the Obaseki administration to clear the backlog and eliminate the cumbersome and analogue pension arrangement, with the introduction of contributory pension scheme, which the governor initiated,” the permanent secretary said.      

He added that, “the recent release of the sum of N1.5 billion for the payment of their pension arrears by the governor to clear eight months arrears of 4,340 local government pensioners in the state, is worthy of commendation and much of the pension burden on government have been defrayed.”

State commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Jimoh Ijegbai, who assured of the governor’s commitment in clearing all arrears owed pensioners in the state, said, “You will recall that on the 1st of May 2018 during the May Day celebration, the governor made a promise to release N1.5 billion to clear part of the local government pensioners’ arrears in the state.”

Ijegbai explained that after the announcement by the governor, a meeting of the pensioners was called and immediately the screening of the pensioners commenced.

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