Desmond Mgboh, Kano
As part of its commitment to pensioners in the state, Kano State Government has paid N9.2 billion to 5,388 pensioners as their outstanding retirement benefits.
Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who made the disclosure while inaugurating an eight-member committee for the payment of outstanding pensioners’ benefits, said the payments were inherited from the previous administration.
He said the administration has sustained the payment of over N1.2 billion monthly pension to pensioners across the state. He added that the committee was inaugurated to facilitate the speedy payment of outstanding retirement benefits, covering gratuity, pension arrears and death benefits.
Gawuna also maintained that the administration has shown so much concern and determination to address problems faced by the pensioners.
He said the committee comprised of persons of high integrity and urged them to screen eligible beneficiaries and ensure payment of their retirement benefits through their bank accounts.
He solicited their understanding and cooperation as well as the understanding of stakeholders towards complementing the efforts of the committee members, in discharging their assigned responsibilities.
The committee has as members, Alhaji Amina Musa, Permanent Secretary Establishment Office of the Head of Civil Service as Chair Person, with Haj. Uwa Makama, Permanent Secretary Pension Fund Trustees as member.
Others include Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Kano Chapter; Comrade Salish Ahmed Gwale, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Kano Branch; Comrade Hambali Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Kano Wing, and Isma’ila Musa, Director of Final Account, Kano State Ministry of Finance.
Also in the committee are Haj. Mauro Umar Tanko from the State Audit, while Alh. Musa Tanko Garko, Director, State Pension Fund Trustees will serve as Secretary.
The committee will submit its report within a week after payment.