From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Kebbi State Government has commenced verification and payment of gratuity to civil servants in the state following the release of N6 billion by Governor Atiku Bagudu.
The disclosure was made by Alhaji Sufiyanu Garba-Bena, Kebbi State Acting Head of Civil Service while briefing Journalists in his office in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital while monitoring the ongoing exercise.
The verification exercise covers all categories of retirees, including; State, Local Government and Local Government Education Authority (LGEA).
Garba-Bena appreciated Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State for his magnanimity in approving the said amount meant for the payment.
The acting Head of Servive said: “A 20 man committee was set up to ensure credible verification of categories of civil servants across the state for payment of their gratuities”.
“We must appreciate His Excellency, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for graciously approving the sum of N6 billion for payment of gratuity to state, local government and local government education authority (LGEA) retirees.
“Approval of 6 billion is to cover for payment of balances of 2017/2018 and for fresh payment of gratuity for retirees for 2019, 2020 and part of 2021”.
“Also, the approval is to pay attention to gratuity only to state, LG and LGEA. “
According to him, speedy payment will be recorded as soon as conflicting figures were reconciled between the Kwaido committee and that of the Acting Head of Service.
“The committee had already swung into action for seccessful verification exercise and payment.
“Contrary to the news going the round that government has not approved the money, I want to assure the public that payment of screened pensioners had already started,” he said.
He used the medium to appeal to affected retirees who were yet to be paid to exercise some little patience, saying, “This exercise is meant to sanitise the system, I assure you that each one of you will get what is due to him/her in due course.”
Garba-Bena said the committee had already verified and settled 20217 and 2018 retirees, while work on 2019 had also commenced.
“I want to assure all the retired civil servants across the state that everyone will get paid as soon as he or she is verified.
“It is worthy to note that His Excellency too, is worried about the plight of retired workers and he is committed to making you happy at all cost,” he noted.