Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has distributed cheques worth N500m as part payment of outstanding gratuities to the State and Local Government Retirees owed by the past administration in the State.
Speaking at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta, venue of the occasion, Governor Abiodun applauded the retirees for their understanding over the delay in the payment of their gratuity, saying the event was a symbolic demonstration of his administration’s commitment to fulfil the promises made to all the State workers and pensioners.
“Today, we will be distributing the first installment of quarterly provision of a minimum of N500 million amongst the various cadres of pensioners under the State Government, Local Government as well as commencement of the argumentation of the shortfall on the Basic, Rent and Transport allowance. These payments are all inherited liabilities from previous administrations, but I am assuring you that the process of paying these gratuities have started and will definitely continue”, the Governor noted.
He said arrangement has been made to substantially increase the quarterly provisions as the economy improves, assuring that apart from the payment of monetary entitlements, his administration was committed to providing other opportunities for the retirees under the various social welfare schemes, urging them to key in and take advantage of the programmes.