Kaduna State government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.
While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.
The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.
It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.
The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.
While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.
It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.
A total of 518 corps members have successfully completed their 2012 batch B service year in the troubled Borno and Yobe States north-east of Nigeria.
At a low key passing out in the two states, Borno recorded 308 corps members while Yobe had 138 members.
At the ceremony in Maiduguri the Borno State capital,Governor Kashim Shettima commended the “courage and dexterity” of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for their desire to serve in the state despite the security challenges that forced most corps members to redeployed to other states of the country.
For the exhibition of such courage by the 380 corps members that passed out in Maiduguri, N2.35 million was doled out to the corps members as each of them got N10, 000.
Governor Shettima was represented at the ceremony by the chairman of NYSC governing board in the state, Hajiya Maryam Bukar Abba Ibrahim.
The Borno State coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Suleiman Shiitu Morai reveals that there was a sharp drop in the total number of corps members to have served in the state from 1, 516 to only 380 passing out, indicating a decrease of 74.7 per cent in NYSC participation and Orientation.
The statistic according to him further reveals that number of females corps members have also surpassed their male counterparts, as a total of 253 of them served, as against only 127 male corps members.
In Yobe state, the NYSC discharge certificates were presented to corps members at the five major towns of the state an event that was supposed to take place in Damaturu the state capital while in Maiduguri, the low-key ceremony was performed at the federal secretariat instead of the usual Kano Road Orientation Camp that can accommodate up to 2, 000corps members at a time.
Corps members were given the option of either serving in the two states or seek redeployment because of the incessant attacks by the dreaded Islamists; the Boko Haram.