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The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has kicked over attacks he received from some aggrieved pensioners ,saying, his administration should not be vilified over the backlogs of gratuities incured by past government .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that over N60 billion was being owed by the state government .
The state governor ,Dapo Abiodun in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, assured pensioners in the state that payment of pensions will always receive priority attention within the resources available.
The statement read “as a follow-up to the promise made in 2021 to pay at least N500 million quarterly out of the outstanding gratuities owed by the previous administration since 2011, we have been religiously paying as at when due.
“The government has redeemed the pledge by making the Q1 2022 payment of N500m, thereby making a total of N2.5bn paid. Another one is due and there is nothing that will stop that for the second quarter of this year.
“If our predecessors had done the same since 2011, more than N16bn would have been defrayed”, .
He said that the payments were all inherited liabilities from previous administrations, adding also that the process of paying the gratuities cannot be faulted.
“Only last week, we inaugurated a Committee on Contributory Pensions Scheme Review and Consequential Pensions Adjustment to ensure improved welfare for the public, civil servants, and pensioners.
“This step is in fulfilment of the Memorandum of Action signed by the Ogun State Government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress”, he pointed out.
The statement urged leaders of the pensioners to be circumspect in their remarks on the state of their pension liability, especially, against an administration that prioritises their welfare.
While appreciating the pensioners for their patience and understanding, Abiodun posited that his administration cannot pay all the pensioners owed before his assumption of office, in just three years.
While assuring that efforts would be made to put smiles on the faces of the retired workers, the governor, however, said he empathises and shares in the plights of the pensioners, submitting that his administration would continue to give their welfare and well-being priority.
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