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Ogun Pensioners Fault Govt on 68 Billion Naira Gratuity Arrears Payment

Pensioners in Ogun state have faulted the position of the state government on the modalities for the payment of their 68 billion Naira gratuity arrears.

The pensioners demand allocation of adequate fund to clear the gratuity.

The state branch of local government pensioners association of Nigeria on Monday, said in Abeokuta that the state government was yet to clear two quarters in its quarterly payment of the 500 million naira, to clear the gratuity.

Governor Dapo Abiodun last Sunday, had expressed concern over the castigation of his administration by pensioners, despite several efforts being made to clear the huge arrears of gratuities, inherited from the previous administration.

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Among others, the governor said his administration had been religiously implementing the release of 500 million naira quarterly, amounting to 2.5 billion naira within three years in office.

The governor then explained that the gratuities arrears would not have hit over 60 billion naira, if his predecessors had done as much as his administration in the past three years.

But the pensioners said that government is a continuum, adding that Abiodun administration inherited both liabilities and assets of the Amosun administration.

Besides, the pensioners regard the 2.5 billion naira paid to clear part of the gratuity arrears as no big deal, asking the Abiodun administration to take cue from other state governments on the same issue.

For instance, the pensioners claimed that Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state released 15 billion in the one swoop, to clear the inherited gratuity arrears, while Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state also released 18 billion naira for the same purpose.

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