Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has released N250 million for payment of outstanding pensions to an additional set of 86 retirees in the state, saying the gesture was in line with government commitment to ensure the retired workers are well taken care of.
He explained that that N250 million was part of the monthly releases by his administration for the settlement of outstanding retirement benefits for pensioners.
The Acting Executive Secretary, Ekiti PensionTransitional Arrangement Department (PTAD), Francis Omotoso, said that the N250 million would be used to offset the outstanding balance of pension for May and June.
Briefing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Omotoso said that the earlier proposed scheme aimed at further paying the backlog of retirees’ gratuities through a negotiated discount process had been jettisoned.
The governor said this was in line with the demand of the affected stakeholders that rejected the idea. The PTAD boss reiterated the government’s commitment to the welfare of the people, particularly the elderly who had served the state meritoriously.
Omotoso noted that the governor had promised to regularly release tranches of N250 million for payment of pensions until all outstanding retirement benefits were cleared.
In her remarks, the state Head of Service, Peju Babafemi, advised the affected pensioners to be prudent with their resources and expend them on veritable ventures that would improve their lives.
Babafemi stressed that if the pensioners carfully planned and managed their ventures well, it would guarantee a stable and comfortable future for them and their families.
She said that the commitment of the state government to the general wellbeing of pensioners in the state was commendable while urging the retirees to continue to support the present administration’s efforts to rapidly develop the state and improve the lots of the people.
One of the pensioners, Akintade Margret, also commended the commitment of the current administration to their welfare.
Also, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ekiti chapter, Joel Akinola, expressed gratitude to the government for its “relentless efforts at improving the lots of pensioners in the state’’.