The Oyo State Governor, approves N1.5 billion for the immediate payment of pensions and gratuities

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has approved the payment of N1.5 billion for the immediate payment of pensions and gratuities of retired primary school teachers and Local Government workers across the state.

It was said the step would be repeated on a quarterly basis till the entire debt is settled.

The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney -General, Seun Abimbola, made the disclosure during a news conference in Ibadan, the state capital on Tuesday.

He explained that the decision was part of resolutions reached by a sixteen-member committee set up to resolve the legal impasse between the state government and pensioners which resulted in a consent judgement by the Industrial Court.

Mr Abimbola, who noted that the accumulated arrears had begun since 2008, said the government would be committed to gradually offsetting the outstanding arrears while fulfilling its monthly obligations of pension payment to retirees.

He noted that a biometric data capturing of pensioners had also commenced forestalling cases of ghost pensioners and double payment.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bimbo Kolade, said about 1100 pensioners would benefit from the first tranche of the N1.5 billion.

The commissioner added that the payment covered both the dead and the living.

Bosun Ajuwon, the Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State Chapter, said the councils had agreed to contribute about N750 million on quarterly basis.

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