The Ogun State Government has paid a whooping sum of N1.5b to 546 retirees in the state in fulfillment of its promises to offset arrears of gratuity due to retired civil servants in the state.
The state Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, while presenting cheques to the pensioners at the Arcade ground, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, said that no fewer than 546 retirees were those that retired from service between July and December 2012.
He added that those that have not collected their cheque due to the year of retirement should wait for their batches as the government would not compromise in its efforts to give them their entitlement which they have laboured for in the state.
Sobande noted that the government would continue with the payment in batches based on its schedule as released by the Bureau of State Pensions, with assurance to pay as and when due.
“The Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration is not relenting in its efforts at ensuring the well-being of the retirees and will continue to put smiles on their faces”, he said.
He said that government would continue paying pensioners in the state in order to cater for themselves, adding that no backlog of arrears of retirees would be left unpaid before and after the present administration end in 2019,
One of the recipients, Mrs Awojuola Celestina, appreciated the govern-ment’s gesture and gave God all the glory that she was alive to collect her entitlement.