Over 1, 000 retirees owed gratuity since 1999 to get N1bn in Nasarawa

By David Okpashi

The Nasarawa State government as parts of measures to cushion the the economic hardship being experienced by Nigerians has approved the sum of N1billion for payment as gratuity to over 1,000 retired civil servants owed since 1999 in the state.

State Governor, Abdullahi Sule announced this during an unscheduled assessment visit to the State Bureau for Pension Administrations. venue of the ongoing screening exercise of over 700 Local Government and 300 retired pensioners of the state government

According to Governor Sule, the one billion naira would be used to clear the backlog of gratuity owed both the State and Local Government retirees from 1999 to 2010.

This is even as the Governor disclosed that his administration inherited a backlog of gratuity from the creation of the State in 1996 till date.

He told Journalists that he was at the screening venue to monitor the exercise, which he said, was meant to reduce the hardship of the retirees by offsetting their full entitlements to enable them start something.

Speaking to Journalists, Director General of the state pension Bureau, Alhaji Suleiman Nagogo clear the air on why retirees we’re being paid only N100, 000 monthly in the past as gratuity.

“Please recall that payment of this gratuity is being done every quarter which means that we gather the amount we have to receive in three months and announce to the people to come and collect their gratuity.

The DG who however, dismissed, claims that files belonging to some retirees were missing, added that the same process of off setting gratuity of the retirees were still been followed in disbursing the funds.

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