Gombe State Governor, Alh. Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the release of Seven Hundred and Fifty-Five Million Naira for the payment of gratuity arrears of Gombe state retirees.
The governor made this known in a statement signed and made available to the press by the Director of Press for the government house, Ismaila Uba Misilli, on the 4th of March, 2021.
The statement read: “It would be recalled that at the inception of his administration, Governor Inuwa Yahaya had approved the payment of over 1.6 Billion Naira gratuity arrears.”
The statement further noted that “Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has also committed to paying the monthly pension arrears of Gombe Local Government retirees who, due to lack of funds at the local government have not been paid their pensions for some time now. Any difference in the required pension monthly payment will be augmented and paid by the state government.”
He, however, lamented that his administration has inherited gratuity arrears worth billions of Naira from the previous administration.
“Recall also that the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had inherited liabilities of gratuity arrears of over 14 Billion Naira from the past administration which had abandoned the payment of the retirees’ entitlement since 2014.”
According to the statement, 755 Million Naira has already been released to the committee vested with the power to ensure payment of (pensions and gratuity) arrears. It is headed by the State Auditor General.
“The committee, charged with the responsibility of reviewing and ascertaining the correctness of the outstanding gratuity, will soon announce the date for the commencement of payment.”
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