Kano State Pension Fund Trustees has said that the state government owes retired workers over N20 billion as gratuities.
The Chairman of the Pension Fund Trustees Alhaji Sani Gabasawa stated this on Thursday to journalists following allegations that he engaged in negotiation with retirees to forfeit a certain percentage before they are paid their gratuities.
He said that gratuities of retirees have not been paid since 2016, which led to an accumulated backlog of N20 billion for over 31,000 retirees awaiting their payment.
He also said that because of the failure of some government agencies to remit their monthly deduction of 8 percent pension fees to the trustees, while some organisations could not remit the money fully.
According to him they pay N1.2 billion pension to retirees every month and the pension increases every month. He added that there must be a delay in the payment of gratuities in the state because the state has not paid gratuities since 2016 due to a lack of funds.