Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Sokoto state government has commenced the screening of 2000 retired Local Government and Primary School teachers for onward payment of their entitlements.
The payment of the entitlements to the retirees is made by officials of the state ministry for local government in collaboration with the state primary school staff pension board.
The Secretary of the Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Zaki who spoke on behalf of the Chairman on Wednesday said the beneficiaries include local government staff and primary school teachers that retire from 2017 to 2022 who were yet to be paid their entitlements.
“In the past, the ministry has made a first and second payment of such entitlements based on percentage to the beneficiaries and it’s now conducting third and final payment of such entitlements,” the committee Chairman said.
The screening exercise which commenced in the last three weeks would take months to complete, adding that over 100 persons and their next-of-kin have so far been verified and awaiting payment.
He further said the committee had successfully screened 130 retirees since the commencement of the exercise in the last three weeks ago.
Zaki maintained that the committee has screened and cleared 60 persons from the ministry of local governments while 70 retirees were also cleared from the state primary School pension board respectively.
Zaki further said the ongoing exercise has targeted over 2000 retired Civil Servants within the year 2017 to 2022 of retirement.
According to him, the exercise is being conducted smoothly without any challenges while the pension and gratuities of those screened were immediately being arranged through their respective banks.
He said families of retired civil servants who died were invited by the committee for screening and many of them have been cleared for onward payments.
The secretary noted that the exercise will last for three months from now while assuring that the screening exercise is being conducted in batches, based on their age of retirement.