The Oyo State government on Thursday said it has released the sum of two hundred and four million, two hundred and thirty–five thousand, one hundred and eighty five Naira, six Kobo (N204, 235,185.06k) for another set of 81 retirees to offset their outstanding gratuities.
It stated that the payment was for the payment of year 2012 gratuity for the retired civil servants and teachers, under the payroll of the State government across all the grade levels.
Head of Service, Mrs Olawumi Ogunesan, while disbursing the cheques on behalf of the State Government to the beneficiaries at the old Ministry of Establishment and Training, Secretariat, Ibadan, hinted that the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration in the state was responsible and committed to the well-being of both serving and retired civil servants.
Ogunesan, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mrs Adejoke Eyitayo said that government was making concerted efforts to ease the pains of the pensioners in the state.
She stressed that the disbursement was done to make life easier for the senior citizens, who had served the State meritoriously for the thirty five years.
She appealed to those that were yet to receive theirs not to lose hope, noting that efforts are in top gear towards the payment of their gratuities as soon as possible.
Ogunesan advised the beneficiaries not to venture into a business without having an in-depth knowledge in such business and abstain from fraudsters who may want to dupe them.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Kazeem Mudathir, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the state government for releasing the money despite the paucity of funds in the State.
He noted that the procedures followed in paying the money was purely on merits, as nobody collected anything from them before releasing the money.