Gov. Okowa approves N5bn for pension arrears


Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the release of five billion Naira for the payment of pension arrears in Delta state.

Mr Charles Aniagwu, the state commissioner for information, disclosed this in a statement in Asaba.

Aniagwu, at a press briefing on Friday, hinted that the state government commits over N1.1 billion monthly to settle pension matters in the state.

The Commissioner also said that Okowa was planning to release N10 billion to defray pension arrears, particularly for the Local Government Councils workers in the state.

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On the approval of the release of the N5 billion, the commissioner said that the sum of N2.5 billion would be deployed to payment of the state retirees’ pension arrears.

He said the remaining N2.5 billion was released as a grant to the Local Government Pensions Bureau for the payment of Local Government and primary school retirees.

However, Aniagwu noted that the gesture was part of the government’s efforts to ameliorate the plight of the affected senior citizens in the state.


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