By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State government, on Monday, released the sum of N180 million as part of the outstanding gratuity and pension arrears for 2013 retirees from the civil service
The state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, while conducting a symbolic presentation of cheques to some of the retirees at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, 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.
He added that ordinarily, the payment of gratuity to retirees should come immediately after retirement, noting that he was honoured to present the symbolic cheques to beneficiaries who finished the processing of their retirement papers in 2013.
Governor Makinde stated that despite the meager resources available to the state, his administration would continue to bring relief to the entire workforce in the state and its senior citizens
He maintained that the state has a backlog of N26 billion in unpaid gratuities for 6,274 pensioners in the state.
The governor 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 said the increase in the release for payment of gratuity from N100 million that was paid by the last administration to N180 million by the Makinde administration has alleviated the suffering of the helpless retirees and has gone a long way to project this administration as a people-centred government