…As he doles out N300m for payment of gratuities
BY AHMED TUKUR, LAFIA – Nasarawa State Government has commenced the disbursement of over 300 million Naira as gratuities to 600 retired civil servants in the state.
This was announced by the Director General of Nasarawa State Pension Bureau, Abdullahi Osaze in Lafia at the flag-off of the distribution of cheques to the beneficiaries.
Oseze said the gesture is to assist retirees get their benefits and start profitable venture that could cater for their family.
He said that the state government has concluded the compilation of names of retirees in the state and their entitlements.
According to him; “The bureau has compiled the names of retirees since the creation of the state which will be considered in phases beginning from those who retired more than ten years ago”.
He urged retirees who are not shortlisted for the first phase of payment to be patient with the state government and wait for their turn based on availability of funds.
Nasarawa State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Alhaji Musa Obakpa commended the state government for paying attention to the
welfare of retirees in the state.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Helen Bello, whose husband died in active service over 16 years ago, said the payment of her late husband’s entitlements came to her as a surprise as she had given up hope after a long wait.