Oyo State Government has released the sum of ₦180 million as part of the outstanding gratuity and pension arrears for 2013 retirees from the Civil Service.
While conducting a symbolic presentation of cheques to some of the retirees at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, vowed to ensure that retirees get what they deserve from the Government.
He stated that those who have served diligently needed all the support they can get from the State; adding that ordinarily, the payment of gratuity to Retirees should come immediately after retirement.
The State Governor noted that he was honoured to present the symbolic cheques to beneficiaries who finished the processing of their retirement papers in 2013.
Governor Makinde, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, stated that despite the meagre resources available to the State, his administration would continue to bring relief to the entire workforce in the State and its senior citizens.
The Governor maintained that the State has a backlog of ₦26 billion in unpaid gratuities for 6,274 pensioners in the State, adding that his administration has been making efforts to offset the alarming debt despite the limited sources of funds for the Government.
Engr Makinde reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure that everyone in the State feels the impact of governance.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, had said the increase in the release for payment of gratuity from One Hundred Million Naira (₦100m) that was paid by the last administration to One Hundred and Eighty Million Naira (₦180m) by Governor Makinde’s administration has alleviated the suffering of the helpless retirees and has gone a long way to project this administration as a people-centred Government.