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Ogun Govt spent N82bn on pensions, gratuities in 36 months, says Abiodun



Governor Dapo Abiodun

ABEOKUTA- The Ogun Government spent N82bn on payment of pensions and gratuities to state and local government retirees between June 2019 and June, 2022.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun made this known an interactive session with workers at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Abiodun further said that out of the N18billion outstanding Global Deduction, the state government has paid N12billion.

He pledged to pay yje balance of N6billion in the coming months.

The governor attributed the inability of his government to pay the deductions and other entittlements, to the increase in the wage bill of the state to N700million due to the implementation of the new minimum wage.

”The state government in the last three and a half years, explored various financial options rather than imposing additional taxes on the people.

“As you all know, our state was the first to implement the N30,000 minimum wage and this increased our monthly wage bill by N700million.

” This additional wage bill has affected our plan which was to settle all outstanding commitment with our work force,” he said.

The governor announced that the process for the 2021and 2022 promotion exercise would begin very soon, pleading with the workers to be patient with his administration as their welfare remained paramount.

Abiodun said that the state government has fair in distribution of projects to all parts of the state.

He said the ground-breaking ceremony of the Sagamu-Papalanto road would be performed by next week to further open up the state.

“When we came in about three years and seven months ago, we were clear on what to do. Which include to create an enabling environment for private sector participation in the economy of our state which in turn will create individual prosperity.

” We did not only focus on one area of the state economy, but all areas,” he said.

The governor described the Ogun workforce as the engineroom that has helped drive the  administration in recording the modest achievements, including winning various awards .

Earlier, the Head of Service, Dr Nafiu Aigoro, said the session was called to enable the workers meet with the governor on issues affecting the discharge of their duties and welfare. (NAN)

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