Gov. Masari pays N70.99bn pension, gratuities to retirees-HoS

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Katsina   – Katsina State , Aminu Masari has paid N70.99 billion pension and gratuities to retirees since assumption of office 2015, the State Head of Service, Alhaji Idris Tune, has said.

Tune told members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist () Katsina Chapter, Monday, more than N29.62 billion of the amount was paid to retirees under the state government.

He added those who retired from local government service and Local Government Authorities collected N41.37 billion within the period spanning 2015 and 2020.

The head of service disclosed the government has forwarded a bill to set contributory pension to the state for its approval.

a bid to sustain the ongoing effort of the state Government payment of benefits to workers,
a bill is before the State House of for a Contributory Pension based Jigawa model, for consideration.

“When the bill is passed into , both the Government and workers will contribute monthly, and the workers will be receiving lump sum gratuity and pension like what is obtained the current system.

“This is because, government will allow Pension Administrators to determine how to pay retired civil servants their hard earned benefits,” Tune added.

Earlier, Chairman of the Chapel, Malam Abdulhamid Sabo thanked the Head of Service for briefing the media the achievements recorded by the administration in the civil service sector, which is the engine room of the government.