Governor approves payment of outstanding gratuity for Gombe retirees

Rebecca Mu'azu,  Gombe

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The Gombe State government has approved the immediate payment of outstanding gratuities for 2014 retirees, which amounts to 1.1 billion Naira.

The approval is in view of Governor Muhammadu Yahaya’s determination to ensure that workers who have served the state and retired enjoy a comfortable life.

The directive was issued when the Governor received the interim report of the committee constituted to ascertain the correct amount of the outstanding gratuities for the retirees as at 29th May, 2019.

The Chairman of the committee, who is the State Auditor-General, Muhammad Buba Gombe said the amount, 1,097,968,035 would cover the payment of 504 eligible state retirees, with 50 per cent approved for immediate payment to the beneficiaries.

Verification
In the meantime, the payment of gratuity for local Government retirees will also follow suit after verification by the committee.

Appreciating the committee for a thorough job, Governor Yahaya expressed determination to clear all backlog of gratuity and pension arrears before the inception of his administration on 29th May, 2019.

He used the occasion to assure Gombe State workers that his administration would encourage reward for hard work, urging them ”to rededicate themselves for effective service delivery.”

On his assumption in office, Governor Yahaya had inherited a backlog of pension and gratuity arrears for state and local Government retirees to the tune of over 14 billion Naira.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere