1st November, 2021
By Nabilu Balarabe
Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved over N422 million for payment of pensions and gratuities of 359 former workers in the state.
In a statement released by the governor’s Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, the payment is said to be for batch 44.
It said next-of-kin of 89 deceased former employees would be paid over N125 million, while 270 retirees were to receive over N296 million.
“The beneficiaries were carefully screened after submission by the Office of the Auditor-General Local Government, to ensure payment of only genuine beneficiaries.
“These payments will no doubt contribute to the well-being of the beneficiaries and their families after retirement from service,” the statement said.
“Governor Buni’s administration has maintained a lead in payment of salary, pension and gratuities. The National Union of Pensioners had recently appreciated the governor with an award in appreciation of his commitment to payment of pension and gratuity.
“Similarly, independent organisations including ‘Budgit’ and the Centre for Transparency and Integrity Watch Nigeria, acknowledged the prudence and fiscal transparency of the Buni administration.