By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Ramalan Yero yesterday paid N6.738 billion backlog of pensions and gratuity to 12,484 retired civil servants and next of kin of deceased workers in the state.
Speaking during the distribution of cheques to batches 3 and 4 of the beneficiaries, the Governor said since assumption of office about 20 months ago his administration had paid retirees and next of kin of deceased staff, some of whom were owed since 2005.
He said the state government had cleared all pension arrears owed retirees in the state civil service and was at the verge of settling all gratuity to retirees and next of kin of deceased civil servants.
Governor Yero said: “We will soon settle all outstanding gratuities which amount to about N1.4 billion. I want to assure you that the fund for the payment of batches 5-8 is ready and very soon all documentation will be completed. 206 retired and next of kin of deceased workers are to benefit from the N628 million which was distributed through cheques to beneficiaries. My administration has paid entitlements to some workers dismissed during the military era. The dismissal of some of the staff was later committed to termination and this administration has paid N27. 42 million as their pension arrears.
“In addition to this, we have made payment of N73 million as promotion and salary increment arrears of primary and secondary school teachers in the State for the period between 2010 and 2011. We have also paid the 2014 increment. It is pertinent to inform you that teachers’ promotion in Kaduna State from 2006 was only on paper, it was never backed by the required financial benefit until now.”
Earlier, Acting Head of Service, Mr. Habila Kyong, hailed the Governor for his commitment to the welfare of civil servants.
“At this time when the economic fortunes of the state have dwindled, salaries are now consistently being paid at and when due; promotion of deserving civil servants are effected without delay.”