From: Linus Oota, Lafia
About 118 dead pensioners in Nasarawa State will get posthumous benefits from the N300 million released by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
The money was earmarked for payment of gratuities and death benefits to retirees and families of deceased officers in the state.
The state’s Head of Service, Mr. Thomas Ari Ogiri, who stated this in Lafia, during a press conference, said widows and widowers, the sick and aged as well as people living with disabilities, among others, would also benefits from the money.
He explained that the money was sourced from the Paris Club remittances that accrued to the state and made possible as a result of the governor’s prudent management of scarce resources.
Ogiri further said that the released of the funds was to alleviate the pains and sufferings and the backlog of gratuities and death benefits.
According to him “to ensure the success of this exercise, therefore, a committee consisting of two teams has been constituted to commence payment in cheques on Wednesday, 12 April, 2017 at the city Hall, Shendam Road, Lafia” he said
He explained that due to economic downturn of the state, this gesture will be once on quarterly basis to alleviate the hardship faced by retired veterans whose service to the state are unquantifiable.
Our correspondent gathered that the payment of gratuities and death benefits will commence today on presentation of National Identity card, original copy of letter of retirement, or letter of administration (in the case of deceased persons) and two coloured passport photographs.