- Abiola Ajimobi approves payment of N1.5bn for gratuity
- Also approves payment new financial benefits
Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is on the move as he takes last-minute action to win Oyo State Governorship election for the APC candidate in the state, Adebayo Adelabu.
Report from the Pace Setter state confirmed that the state government released the sum N1.5bn as part payment of outstanding gratuity and pension arrears to retired primary school teachers and local government workers in the state.
The State Government made this known during a joint Press Conference involving the representatives of the State Government, the Local governments’ Chairmen, the Pensions Board, the Nigeria Union Pensioners and some of the affected pensioners at the Film Theatre, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Secretariat, Ibadan.
“The resolution and the court’s pronouncement recognized that the accrued Pension and Gratuity arrears was, and remains the statutory duty and responsibility of the Local Government to pay to retirees of primary school teachers as well as the local government staff, thus the Oyo State Government never had the liability nor obligation by law and is not the one owing these arrears as being speculated in some certain quarters.
“Nevertheless, Governor Ajimobi intervened and directed we engage all stakeholders to ensure a final resolution of this age-long matter inherited by this administration,” Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola was quoted as saying by Channels TV
Ajimobi approves payment new financial benefits
During the event, InfomediaNG learnt that Ajimobi approved the payment of the new financial benefits in line with 2012 – 2016 promotion exercise as recommended by the Technical Committee set up by the governor on February 14, 2019.
The government stated that the sum of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (750M) will also be contributed quarterly by the Local Governments and its Local Council Development Areas (LCDAS) in the state for the same purpose in order to offset the accumulated gratuities of the retired local government workers including retired primary school teachers at all grade levels.
Mr Abimbola stated that that the decision was taken after the out of court settlement between the state government and the NUP, saying that retired LGs workers should visit their various local governments to know the modalities involved in the collection of their gratuities.
He noted that the out of court settlement proffered solution to the about 12 years of pensions arrears and gratuity, stating that steps have been taken to ensure that all due pensions will be paid as at when due without adding it to the arrears on the ground.
Governorship election in the state is less than four days, the move is seen by observers as strategic to win the hearts of workers in the state.