Succour for retirees as Borno earmarks N1b for payment of gratuity
Governor Shettima of Borno
The Borno State Government has released the sum of N1billion to commence payment of gratuities it owes retirees since 2013.
The release stands for the first installment of N1billion out of the over N20bn already accumulated by government and that a substantial number of the retirees included 40 retired permanent secretaries and other top government officials.
The state government suspended the payment of gratuities since June, 2013 due to economic recession as corroborated by Head of Service, Architect Yerima Saleh, at a news briefing in Maiduguri.
Also, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) Comrade Titus Abana, said the gratuity accumulated since 2013 which amounted to over N20 billion.
The delay in the payment of the accumulated gratuities constituted one of the main reasons the state and local government workers and teachers necessitating the NLC to serve the government a notice of the strike action, Mr Titus Abana, announced at the joint news briefing with the HOS and the state Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon Usman Zannah.
Commissioner Zannah called on the retirees, especially at the local government level whose gratuities were yet to be paid, to exercise patience as government was doing everything possible to settle all outstanding payments and enhance welfare of its citizenry as soon as possible.