Khadijat Saidu, Birning Kebbi.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has approved the payment of gratuity to retired civil servants who disengaged from service up to September 2022 to the sum of Three Billion, Three Hundred and Thirty-Two Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-Three Naira, Forty-eight kobo.
This is in fulfillment of his declaration before the State House of Assembly during the presentation of the 2023 appropriation bill last week to effect payment of the gratuity.
A statement signed by the Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba in Birnin Kebbi this Wednesday indicates that the approval by the governor followed the conclusion of verification of beneficiaries of 2022 gratuity and death benefit.
The statement added that the Kwaido-led committee submitted one thousand, three hundred beneficiaries while the committee under the Head of Service verified a total number one thousand, two hundred and eleven benefiting workers out of the number submitted by the Kwaido committee.
In his magnanimity and care for the wellbeing of civil servants, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu approved the payment of gratuity/death benefit to five hundred and eighty-seven state beneficiaries amounting to one billion, nine hundred and nine million, five hundred and sixty-six thousand, three hundred and fifty-two naira, sixty-seven kobo.
Furthermore, the Governor gave approval for the payment of gratuity/death benefit to three hundred and twenty-two local government beneficiaries totaling seven hundred and sixty-one million, eight hundred and sixteen thousand four hundred and twenty-three Naira, twenty-nine Kobo.
Approval was also granted for the payment of gratuity and death
The benefit to three hundred and two LGEA staff amounting to five hundred and forty-two million, six hundred and forty-five thousand, and forty-one Naira, thirty-eight kobo.
Likewise, the approved payment of one hundred and eighty-one verified contract officers from 2019 to September 2022 amounting to one hundred and eighteen million, four hundred and forty-six thousand, four hundred and fifty-six naira, fourteen kobo.
The Head of the Civil Service explained that the total sum of N3,332,474,273.48 was approved by the governor to effect payment of the aforementioned categories of beneficiaries.
Bena reiterated that in line with the determination to pay all gratuity benefits, the incumbent administration has so far cleared a backlog of over 15 billion Naira covering 5,460 beneficiaries from 2017 to 2022 including contract officers.
He thanked the Governor for his magnanimity and forward thinking on prompt approvals for payment of retired civil servants’ entitlements which according to him, no state in the country has matched the efforts of the Governor on the issue of workers’ entitlements and benefits.