From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
Ogun State government has released N1.5 billion for the payment of gratuities to pensioners and severance package of former political office holders.
The money will be paid to 561 ex-civil servants and former political office holders who had served the State in different capacities.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, the gratuities will cover the civil servants who retired between May 2011 and November 2012 who have filed their papers with the State Bureau of Pensions while ex- political office
holders who served between 2007 and 2011 but were not paid their severance package by the last administration will benefit from the fund.
The fresh release of N1.5 billion will further clear the arrears of pensions which dated back to 2008 inherited by the Amosun administration.
The arrears are due to be cleared up to November 2012 with the new release of fund.
The payment of gratuity and severance package is a further fulfillment of the promise by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to ensure that everybody who served the state in various capacities and contributed to its development will be paid their dues since the current office holders will one day leave office to become ex- office holders.