Amosun pays N3billion pensions, gratuities and salary arrears, reduces N13billion staff debts to N10billion

Governor Amosun has approved release over N3 billion for the payment of pension, gratuities, salary arrears, leave bonues and deductions for the retired and current state civil servants.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Kemi Adeosun disclosed to newsmen in Abeokuta that the N3, 038,758,379 amount which is being remitted by government to the concerned civil servants for the past 15 months has reduced th N13billion staff related debts inherited from the previous administrations to N10billion.

The Commissioner said that the payments were necessary going by the hardship experienced by the concerned beneficiaries, citing examples of civil servants who had retired as far back as 2006 and whose gratuities remained unpaid until when the current administration initiated the clearing of the backlog.

According to Adeosun,“when we talk about debts owed in Ogun State, we are always mindful that we are not just dealing with contractors or banks.

“There are also human creditors and their plight is often very critical. Many had served the state diligently for 35 years and then left without being paid their entitlements for many years, causing untold hardship. Sinnce May 2011, we have, in conjunction with the Bureau of State Pensions, implemented a plan to ensure that they are paid”.

She however declared that the payments made so far included N1,046,894,597 of unpaid gratuities, N660,168,792.05 for leave bonuses, N250,000,001 salary arreras, while N1,081,694,988.74 was paid for deductions.

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