Kano Govt Pays N2 billion To 1,313 Pensioners

 Kano Govt Pays N2 billion To 1,313 Pensioners

Ganduje added that a Technical Committee on Pension had been inaugurated to improve the 2006 pension law and examine the possibility of amending the relevant sections of the law to strengthen the pension fund and insulate it from Executive arbitrariness.

He said: “I will like to use this medium to draw the attention of the Kano State Judiciary, particularly the Shari’a Court, as a matter of urgency, to disburse all the money to the heirs of deceased civil servants immediately after the payment.”

The Head of Civil Service (HOCS), Alhaji Auwal Muhammad Na’iya, noted that the numerous achievements being recorded by the present administration under the civil service operation had become a clear testimony of its commitment to the welfare of the civil servants and pensioners.

“The state government, under the leadership of Governor Ganduje, makes the prompt payment of salary to civil servants at N1.6 billion monthly and over N1 billion to pensioners, apart from the issue of annual increment, promotion and training of workers.”

The Chairman of the State Pension Fund Trustees, Alhaji Sani Dawaki Gabasawa, thanked the government for supporting the pension trustees.

He said there was no single month in which the state’s pensioners did not get their pension.

Kick-starting the payment at the Government House in Kano, Governor Ganduje said the payment covered November 2015 to June, last year, based on the report submitted by the committee.

He said: “Just recently, a committee, under the Permanent Secretary in the Establishment Office of the Head of Civil Service, Hajiya Uwani Musa, was set up by this administration to complement the effort of the Pension Fund Trustees in the payment of retirement benefits.

“In this regard, the committee submitted its first report covering November 2015 to June 2017, in which N2 billion will be distributed to 1,313 beneficiaries, which we are witnessing today.”

Ganduje, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, noted that the administration had spent over N36 billion as monthly pensions.

The governor said the administration also paid over N9 billion to 5,858 pensioners as outstanding pension benefits covering gratuity/death benefits and pension arrears inherited from the previous administration.

Assuring for the sustainability of the pension payment in the state, he said: “This committee has just concluded the compilation of its second report, covering June to December 2016. If the financial commitment is submitted to the government, it will be given special consideration.”

Ganduje added that a Technical Committee on Pension had been inaugurated to improve the 2006 pension law and examine the possibility of amending the relevant sections of the law to strengthen the pension fund and insulate it from Executive arbitrariness.

He said: “I will like to use this medium to draw the attention of the Kano State Judiciary, particularly the Shari’a Court, as a matter of urgency, to disburse all the money to the heirs of deceased civil servants immediately after the payment.”

The Head of Civil Service (HOCS), Alhaji Auwal Muhammad Na’iya, noted that the numerous achievements being recorded by the present administration under the civil service operation had become a clear testimony of its commitment to the welfare of the civil servants and pensioners.

“The state government, under the leadership of Governor Ganduje, makes the prompt payment of salary to civil servants at N1.6 billion monthly and over N1 billion to pensioners, apart from the issue of annual increment, promotion and training of workers.”

The Chairman of the State Pension Fund Trustees, Alhaji Sani Dawaki Gabasawa, thanked the government for supporting the pension trustees.

He said there was no single month in which the state’s pensioners did not get their pension.

Ayomide Oyewole

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