Yahaya Idris, Lafia
The Director, Pension Bureau, Alh. Abdullahi Sani Osaze, said the State Government has started the disbursement of N400 million naira to deaths and retirees of the state civil servants.
Mr. Osaze, made this known during the flag up of phase one of payment exercise in Lafia, the State capital.
The DG opined that in line with Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura’s commitment, dedication and promised during the worker’s day celebration.
Alh. Osaze further stated that first phase of the disbursement which already begun since on Monday 13th and shall last till 18th May 2018.
Osaze added that the process will go along way in cushioning stresses being faced by retirees in the State.
According to the pension boss: “for this first phase, N130 million was released and in which shall covers four ministries in the State”.
“Only retirees from Ministry of Agriculture, Finance. Nasarawa Urban Development Board and Internal Revenue Board would befit”. He stated.
The hard working ever produced pension boss also said the first phase payment is only meant for those retired from State government with no inclusion of Local Government retirees, assured various LGAs retirees of benefits in the subsequent phase.
He commended the Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura for his commitment, dedication and always being man of his words, assured him of judiciously utilization of the fund for the benefits of the program, Osaze said.
Alh. Abdullahi Osaze, therefore, call on all retirees to without hesitation check their names on notice board at the bureau office in Lafia or the Nations Newspaper of May 13 2018 for more clarification and schedules.
In a similar development, Mr. Thomas Ogiri, Chairman of the Committee of payment of gratuity and death benefits has assured the retirees of getting their benefits in no distance time.
Mr. Ogiri, who double as Special Adviser to the Governor on Establishment and Industrial Matters, acknowledged the retirees for their patient and continue understanding as the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure their benefits get to them despite scarce resources.
In order to ensure openness in the process the DG Osaze had also involved various representatives of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners and Nigeria Labour Congress for monitoring of ongoing disbursement.