Borno government pays N3.2billion gratuities, leave grants

Borno  State Governor, Kashim Shettima

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima

The Borno state government has approved the immediate release of N3.2 billion for payment of outstanding gratuities of 1, 024 pensioners and the 2016 leave grants of workers in the state.

Announcing the payments in Maiduguri at the Musa Usman secretariat complex, the Head of Service (HOS), Yakubu Bukar and Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Zanna said that the Accountant General of the state has released N3.2 billion into pensioners and workers’ bank accounts.

In the breakdown of N3.2 billion pension and gratuities, Yakubu said: “The sum of N1 billion for payment of outstanding Gratuity to State Pensioners, in which, a Committee has been constituted to handle the payment of N817, 737,058:00 for 2016 Leave Grant to all State Civil

Servants in addition to N50 million for payment of arrears for 142% to State Pensioners.”Similarly, Zanna while giving a scorecard of 27 councils in the state, he said an additional N1 billion had also been approved and released for payments of five-year pension and gratuities to the living and deceased pensioners for Local Education Authority and councils’ workers.

He noted that from 1994 to September 2009, the total number of beneficiaries for both deceased and living of Local Education Authority staff stood at 565, while that of Local Government Staff is 459, who will all benefit from the payments exercise.

He explained that concerted efforts are being made to ensure that leave grant for the total workforce across the council areas are being paid without any further delay.

“It is pertinent to note that Borno, despite security challenges posed by Boko Haram sect, was one of the first states in the country to implement the N18, 000 minimum wages. No any civil servant is denied payment of his monthly salary as and at when due since Governor Kashim Shettima took over the mantle of leadership since 2011,” said Zanna.

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Yakubu Bukar


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