Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ohun State has released another N1 billion for the payment of gratuity to retirees from the state civil service.
The release of the funds is in fulfilment of his earlier promise to cater for the welfare of pensioners in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of State Pensions, Mr. Adesoji Adewuyi made this known in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Adewuyi explained on Monday that the money was released to cater for the payment of retirees in two batches.
He said the beneficiaries are retirees whose names are in October 2014 list.
According to him, the money will also cover payment for outstanding Basic, Rent and Transport (BRT) allowances for the month of March, 2013, while pensioners with urgent medical needs or hospital bills would be considered from the funds.
The Permanent Secretary said second batch is for retirees listed for payment in November 2014, adding that the Basic, Rent and Transport (BRT) allowances for the remaining pensioners in March and April 2013, would equally be taken care of.
He appreciated Governor Abiodun for his commitment towards the plight of the senior citizens.
Adewuyi added that the gesture would go a long way in bringing a positive impact to the lives of the pensioners, pleading with those still awaiting payment to be patient with government.
The state government has, in the last six months, released about N1.7 billion for the senior citizens.
This covers full payment from September 2014 to November 2014; BRT balance covering January 2013 to May 2013; gratuity of retired judges; pensioners with health challenges and payment of gratuity of some permanent secretaries.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke on the development, thanked God for sparing their lives to reap the fruits of their labour.
They appreciated the governor for keeping to his promises and prayed that God would continue to guide and protect him in steering the ship of the state. ( vitalnewsngr.com)