Ondo government pays gratuity arrears of retirees

The Ondo State Government has approved N1 billion for the payment of gratuities of local government workers retirees and retirees of primary school teachers for the 2011 and part of 2012.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who flagged off the disbursement of the payment on Thursday in Akure, said that the disbursement was necessary despite pressing financial commitments of the government and the limited resources.

Akeredolu, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Union Matters to the state governor, Dare Aragbaye, said the government was worker-friendly, hence the gracious approval of the payment.

“ You would recall that our administration met an
arrears of seven months unpaid salaries at its inception in 2017 for both the state and local government staff.

“ It is gladdening that barely a month after the state government fully paid all arrears of outstanding salaries to the Local Government staff and their counterparts in primary school, another sum of N1.0 billion has been set aside as gratuity arrears being owed this category of workers who had retired from active service,” he said.

The governor stated that all retirees of primary schools and local government in the category would be paid their gratuities either living or dead.

He promised that another round of tranche of payment would be approved for retirees in local government and primary schools in the first quarter of 2024.

Akeredolu added that his administration would not allow retirees to go through any agony or plight before getting their benefits , saying that there would be regular payments of gratuities so that all arrears of gratuity would be defrayed in no meantime.

Also speaking, the state Commisioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Amidu Takuro,said that it was a thing of joy that the retirees could take their benefit having worked for it.

“They are getting their credit alert now in full of their benefits. And I want to thank Mr Governor, who has made it happen.

“The payment was being delayed due to payment of a backlog of arrears of workers’ salaries owed by the previous administration. But Mr Governor mandated us to look at how we could clear the gratuity arrears.

“His vision is to always put smiles on faces of people of Ondo State.

“All 2011 retirees and part of 2012 are being paid now and those who are in need or sick are being considered and paid as well irrespective of when they retired,” he said.

In his remarks, the President of National Union of Local Government Employees ( NULGE), Comrade Bola Taiwo, commended Akeredolu-led government for taking it upon itself to be paying workers’ salaries alongside with pensioners their benefits.

Taiwo said that the tradition in the previous government was to pay workers salaries and leave pensioners unpaid or being paid later.

He said that the state government had paid all arrears of pensions in the state, adding that the payment of gratuities would be gradual.

Responding on behalf of pensioners, Johnson Osunyemi, the Chairman of Ondo State Pensioners Association, showed gratitude to the state governor for his love towards pensioners.

Osunyemi said that it was only the state that had implemented increases of pensions for retirees in the state

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