By: Aisha Sale, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, announced the release of 12 billion naira to clear gratuities owed 4,862 retirees who left the state and local government civil service from 2013 to 2017.
Zulum had released 3 billion naira in June and September 2019, to clear gratuities of 1,684 retirees who left the civil service Bettween 2013 to 2019.
Governor Zulum flagged off the payment with symbolic presentation of cheques to some retirees at the government house in Maiduguri.
He explained that the fund was obtained through a loan provided by the Zenith Bank.
Speaking on issues of pension, the governor explained that from May 2019 to date, a total of 770 complaints were received out of which 650 were rectified and already enjoying their pension while awaiting their arrears to be paid soon.
Zulum also recalled that the state government recently completed the rehabilitation of Musa Usman Secretariat, including provision of furniture. The Governor also assured of his administration’s commitment to sustain the payment of retirement benefits to pensioners as at when due.
Our correspondent report that payment of gratuities has been particularly problematic across Nigeria given the fact that, gratuities are lump sum of money which employers are lawfully required to give retirees as reward for many years of of walking.