Ogun Pensioners Fault Gratuity Payment Claim
Pensioners in Ogun State have faulted Governor Dapo Abiodun for saying that his administration paid over N70 billion to clear part of the outstanding gratuities and pensions since he assumed office in June 2019.
Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Ogun State, Waheed Oloyede, addressing a news conference in Abeokuta on Wednesday, claimed that only N3 billion had been paid by the Abiodun administration, according to the association’s record.
The Governor during a town hall meeting on the proposed 2023 budget at Ijebu Ode recently, had said that his administration had so far paid over N70 billion to clear part of the inherited gratuities.
The Governor also said that his administration had raised the agreed quarterly payment of N500 million to clear the arrears of gratuities, to N600 million.
But the pensioners’ association chairman, says that even the N3 billion paid by the Abiodun administration could not clear the gratuities of those who retired since June 2019.
He also claimed that raising the quarterly payment of gratuities from N500 million to N600 million, will take a minimum of 30 years to clear the backlog of the gratuities.
He challenges the Abiodun administration to emulate other Governors such as that of Borno State who released N15 billion to clear gratuities in first release, while Governor Makinde also released N18 billion to clear 20 yer backlog of gratuities in Oyo State.