Nigeria

Ogun government pays N4.8 billion to state pensioners

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has vowed to bring to reality in the state, the vision of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 , 1993 Presidential election, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola.

The Permanent Secretary, Ogun Bureau of State Pensions, Mrs Ajiun Dada, on Wednesday, said the state government had paid N4.7 billion to pensioners in the state between January and June.

Ajiun made this disclosure while playing host to members of the Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters, who were on oversight visit to the Bureau in Abeokuta.

The permanent secretary also stated that the state government had expended the sum of N37. 4 million on payment of gratuities during same period.

She noted that the government had addressed matters concerning the welfare of the Senior Citizens and entire workforce in the state.

“Pensioners in the state receive their monthly pension simultaneously with the serving workers and no pensioners in the state is owed any arrears of monthly pension.

“It is pertinent to note that the bureau maintains a mutual relationship with the National Pensions Commission (PENCOM) and the Pension Fund Administrators (PFA),” she said.

The permanent secretary added that the bureau needed office furniture, computer system and internet facilities for accurate data base of pensioners.

Mrs Modupe Mujota, the House committee chairman, urged the bureau to ensure prompt payment of the pensioners’ entitlements, adding that the assembly would not hesitate to support the bureau when necessary.

Newsmen report that other members of the committee included Elemide Oludaisi, Ajibola Sikirat and Adeyanju Adegoke.

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