From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano State Government has paid N9.2 billion to 5,388 pensioners as their outstanding retirement benefits inherited from the previous administration, saying that the gesture was part of commitment to improve the welfare of its teeming pensioners.
This was disclosed by the State Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, during the inauguration of an eight-member committee constituted to oversee payment of the outstanding retirement benefits for pensioners in the state.
Speaking at the event, Gawuna explained that the administration of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had successfully sustained the payment of monthly pension to the tune of over N1.2 billion to pensioners across the State.
He added that the governor has placed much regard on the committee to be inaugurated in order to address problems faced by the pensioners.
He further disclosed that the committee was constituted to ensure speedy payment of outstanding retirement benefits covering gratuity, pension arrears and death benefits.
According to Gawuna, the committee comprised of experts of high integrity, urginh them to screen eligible beneficiaries and ensure payment of their retirement benefits through their bank accounts.
The Deputy Governor further requested the committee to ensure that next of kin present relevant documents through a court of law for screening and payment of deceased pensioners awaiting payment.
He solicited for the understanding and cooperation of all pensioners and stakeholders towards complementing the efforts of the Committee members in discharging their assigned responsibilities.
Members of the committee include; Hajiya Amina Musa, Permanent Secretary Establishment Office of the Head of Civil Service as Chair Person, Hajiya Uwa Makama, Permanent Secretary Pension Fund Trustees as member.
Others include, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), 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 Final Account,Kano State Ministry of Finance.
The rest were Hajiya Mairo Umar Tanko from the State Audit, as a member while Alhaji Musa Tanko Garko, Director State Pension Fund Trustees, as Secretary of the committee.
Responding, the Chair Person of the Committee, Mrs Musa extended their appreciation to Ganduje for finding them worthy of the assignment, noting that, that is a clear demonstration of the government’s commitment and concern for the welfare of pensioners.
She reiterated their commitment to ensure judicious use of the pension funds.
The committee would submit its report within a week after payment of the benefit.