Kaduna Government Pays N6.73 Billion to 206 Pensioners

Ebola virusThe Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero has distributed cheques totaling  N6.73  Billion to 206 pensioners who retired between  2005 to 2012.

The cheques, which also covered death benefits of deceased civil servants  were presented during a ceremony which took place on Monday at the Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna.

206 pensioners collected their cheques, while 77  Next of Kins collected on behalf of deceased relatives.

Handing over  the cheques to the beneficiaries, Governor Yero,  said his administration have  successfully cleared all pension arrears owed retirees in the State Civil Service and was at the verge of settling all gratuities of retirees and next of kins of deceased civil servants.

The Governor also said his administration has paid entitlements to some workers dismissed during the military era. He enjoined the beneficiaries  to use their money prudently to uplift their standard of living and assured that his administration would sustain the policy of prompt payment of pensions and gratuity.

The State  Chairman of  Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Abdul  Kwarbai, thanked the governor for responding to the plight of retirees who have served the state diligently, stating that  the presentation of the cheques was a fulfillment of a promise made by the governor.

He also declared the support of the NUP members to the political aspiration of the Governor  ahead of the 2015 general elections. Some of the beneficiaries also thanked the state government for bringing smile to their faces having suffered for too long to collect the fruits of their labour.

Few months ago, the Kaduna State Government paid a total of N4.7billion as backlog of retirement benefits for local government workers  for the past seven years.