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Gov. Dickson Releases N500M For Gratuity And Pensions

Channels Television  
Updated February 1, 2013

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has presented a cheque of N500 million for the payment of pensions and gratuity obligations owed retired civil servants in the state.

Presenting the cheque to the State Head of Civil Service, Mr. Frazer Okuoru, who is also the Chairman of the Pensions and Gratuity Verification Committee in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson urged the committee to ensure that the funds were disbursed to only genuine retirees.

The governor also asked the Committee to furnish his office with monthly reports on the performance of their job, noting that the release of the N500 million is the first instalment payment of the funds government intends to disburse in tranches to clear the arrears owed retired civil servants.

He described the backlog of pensions and gratuities owed by the state as unfortunate, explaining that the problem predates his administration.

In his response after the presentation of the cheque, The Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Okuoru, assured the governor that the Committee would diligently carry out its responsibilities.

He appealed to the pensioners to show understanding and patience to enable the committee clear the cheque and fine-tune modalities for actual payments to commence.