Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state has expressed concern over the castigation of his administration over the huge gratuity arrears he inherited from the previous administration.
The governor says that his administration could not clear all the huge gratuities arrears he inherited within three years he assumed office.
Abiodun urges leaders of the state’s pensioners to be circumspect in their comments on the pensioners’ gratuities’ arrears, adding that his process of clearing the huge backlog could not be faulted.
The governor, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, said he appreciates the pensioners’ union leaders for their understanding and patience.
He assures them that the payment of pensioners’ liabilities will always enjoy priority from the resources available to his administration.
Abiodun explains that his administration had been religiously paying the agreed 500 million naira quarterly since it signed a memorandum of understanding with the organized union, in 2021.
At the moment, Abiodun confirmed that his administration had cleared 2.5 billion naira out of the over 60 billion naira gratuity arrears, promising to pay the second quarter slot which is about due.
He also says that a committee had also been set up on the contributory pensions scheme review and consequential adjustment in line with MOU signed with the labour to end the recent strike.