By Abdallah el-Kurebe

SOKOTO: Governor Aminu Tambuwal has approved the release of N680 million for the settlement of accumulated pensions for teachers, local government staff and severance gratuity for former councillors in Sokoto State.

State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Mannir Dan’Iya in a statement on Wednesday said payments had begun. “The breakdown of the funds released indicates that N504,283,280.46 is to be paid to former teachers and local government staff as accumulated pension while N172,873,923.18 has been released to former Councillors who served in the immediate past executive councils of the 23 local government areas to settle their severance gratuity.

“These payments show that government is responsive to the needs of all former employees and elected office holders. We will continue to treat our present and former employees with all the dignity and respect they deserve,” Dan’Iya added.

He commended workers in the local government councils for their commitment and assured of government’s continued attention to workers needs.

It could be recalled that state government in February released the sum of  N1.2bn for payment of accumulated gratuity from 2010 for the staff of local government councils of Sokoto state?.



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