Ekiti pensioners congratulate Fayemi on releasing N200m gratuity payment

By Priscilla Ediare, Teen-Ekiti

Pensioners under the umbrella of the Nigeria Pensioners Union (NUP), Ekiti State Council, commended the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi for the steady release of funds for the payment of gratuities due to state workers.

Specifically, the union hailed the governor for the recent release of 200 million naira to deal with the backlog of gratuities due to local government and state retirees.

The appreciation of the retirees was contained in a letter addressed to the Governor and signed by NUP President, Mr. Joel Akinola to Ado Ekiti.

The union applauded Governor Fayemi for demonstrating his strong commitment to the payment of pensions and gratuities in the state, stressing that the gesture eased the suffering of its members and gave hope to those on the list. waiting.

According to the President, the Governor’s ability to replenish the fund on a monthly basis despite the meager financial resources available to the state government was a clear testament to the Governor’s determination to clear the backlog of gratuities owed to retirees by the state government. previous state administration.

Akinola said the increased and regular payment of gratuities has improved living standards for retirees, compared to what might have been achieved under the previous administration.

He said the Governor’s unprecedented positive disposition to the plight of his members in the state has led to a significant improvement in their social welfare.

The NUP President, however, appealed for the payment of pension arrears owed to state and local retirees by the Ayodele Fayose-led administration.

“The fact that Your Excellency has been able to find funds, from the very meager financial resources available to the government at present, shows a strong commitment from Your Excellency to alleviate the suffering of our members, we are very grateful for that.

“Sincerely sir, your unprecedented positive disposition towards the plight of our members is appreciated, we are very grateful to you,” he said.

Governor Fayemi had, upon taking office in October 2018, announced an increase in the monthly gratuity payment from the 10 million paid by the previous administration to 100 million naira, while also ensuring that workers’ salaries were paid over time.

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